Indianapolis, Ind. - Eight Butler student-athletes have been named to the 2008-09 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams, the conference office announced on Wednesday (April 29) afternoon. Two Bulldog men's basketball players, three women's swimmers and three men's indoor track athletes were mentioned among the 76 honorees.
Sophomore men's basketball players Zach Hahn and Matt Howard were both named to the five-member squad for the first time. Hahn touts a 3.648 grade point average in secondary education, while Howard - a 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-American - boasts a 3.727 GPA in finance.
A trio of Butler athletes made the cut on the 16-member academic all-league women's swimming team, including two repeat honorees. Senior Sarah Lynne Gates, a pharmacy major, made her third appearance on the team with a 3.771 cumulative GPA, while senior Katie Krueger, a criminology and psychology major with a 3.835 GPA, earned her second mention. Sophomore Leigh Weston, meanwhile, received her first bid after boasting a 3.736 GPA as a chemistry major.
Butler finished with a total of three honorees on the 18-member men's indoor track team, including a second-time recipient in senior Kent Wories, who touts a 3.956 GPA as a finance major. Graduate students Andy Baker and Tommy Davies also made the squad, with the former owning a 3.818 GPA in business and the latter boasting a 3.699 GPA in education.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.