ELMHURST, Ill. - Three Summit League athletes were named to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District at-large teams on Thursday. IPFW golfer Patrick Kelley earned first-team honors and will move on to the national ballot for Academic All-American consideration, while South Dakota State swimmer Mallory Onisk and Southern Utah golfer Matt McArthur were named to the second team for their respective districts.
Kelley played in 24 rounds during the year for the Mastodons, averaging a team-best 75.0 strokes per round, with a low round of 70 on the season; which he did twice. He was named The Summit League Golfer of the Week on April 16, following his rounds at Loyola's Caputo Invitational. He also shot a three-round total of 214 (one over par) at the IPFW Invitational, carding rounds of 74 (+3), 70 (-1) and 70 (-1). The junior is the first non-senior at IPFW to earn an Academic All-District honor, and has a perfect 4.00 grade point average (GPA) in accounting.
A pharmacy major, Onisk has a collected a cumulative GPA of 3.72 during her three years at SDSU. She placed third in both the 100 and 200 butterfly events at the 2008 Summit League Swimming & Diving Championships with times of 58.53 and 2:07.60, respectively. Her time in the 100 fly was also good enough for third place in the league this season, while her time in the 200 fly was fourth-best. In addition, Onisk also ranked 10th in the league in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:45.18 for the Jackrabbits.
McArthur carries a cumulative GPA of 3.90 in biology, while on the course he has been the Thunderbirds' stroke-average leader the past two seasons. This last year McArthur averaged 72.3 strokes per round, which is the second-lowest average in SUU history. He also finished in the top-20 in eight of the team's 11 tournaments, including a second-place finish at the Rice Invitational and a third-place showing at Hawaii's Aqua-Caliente Invitational. He capped his season by finishing seventh at The Summit League Championships to earn all-conference honors for the third straight season.