Six Rams Earn Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Honors

Six Rams Earn Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Honors

April 19, 2000

KINGSTON, R.I. - Six student-athletes from the University of Rhode Island have been named to the 1999-2000 Atlantic 10 Winter Academic All-Conference Teams. Sophomore Stephanie Clarke and junior Missy Bockstoce of gymnastics, senior Matt Block of men's swimming & diving, junior Erin Silvering and junior Heather Whitmore of women's indoor track & field and junior Dustin Kuzma of men's indoor track & field earned academic all-conference honors in their respective sports.

Clarke, a Kinnelon, N.J., native, and Bockstoce, from Washington, Pa., are two of the six members of the academic all-conference women's gymnastics team. Clarke, a sophomore dietics major with a 3.18 grade-point average, ranks first all-time at URI in the uneven bars with a score of 9.900. An all-conference selection this season, she qualified for the NCAA Region 5 Championship in the uneven bars. She finished second in that event with a 9.850 at the Atlantic 10 Championship helping the Rams to a second-place finish - their best finish ever at the conference meet.

Bockstoce, a human development & family studies major with a 3.22 grade-point average, also earned all-conference honors after placing second in the vault (9.750) at the Atlantic 10 Championship. Bockstoce, who qualified for the NCAA Region 5 Championship in the vault, ranks third all-time at URI in the uneven bars (9.850) and 10th in the vault (9.800).

Block, a Warren, N.J. native, was named to the academic all-conference men's swimming & diving team for the third consecutive year. Block, a senior finance major with a 3.67 grade-point average, has made the Dean's List every semester at URI. The URI record holder in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, he captured five first-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle in the 1999-2000 season.

Silvering, a Lake Grove, N.Y. native, and Whitmore, who hails from Memphis, N.Y., were selected for the 10-member academic all-conference women's indoor track & field team. Silvering, a junior, carries a 3.94 grade-point average as a physical education major. She helped the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 indoor title ever, finishing third in the 5000-meter race. Silvering, who logged the best time in the Atlantic 10 this season in the 3000 meters (10:19.78), also competed on the URI cross-country team.

Whitmore, an art major with a 3.56 grade-point average, has made the Dean's List five consecutive semesters. The versatile junior placed seventh in the mile and the 3000 meters at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship. Whitmore had the conference's fifth best time in the 3000 meters (10:15.43), and eighth best time in the mile (5:06.11).

Kuzma, from nearby East Greenwich, R.I., a junior management and information systems major with a 3.0 grade-point average, was selected to the academic all-conference men's indoor track & field team. Kuzma was selected to the all-Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship team for his first-place performance in the 500-meter race and a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter high hurdles. He placed first in the 500 meters and second in the pentathlon at the 2000 New England Indoor Championship.

Of the 22 sports sponsored by the Atlantic 10, seven are winter sports: men's and women's basketball, women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, and men's and women's indoor track & field. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 and be a starter or key reserve on his/her team. Voting is conducted by the Atlantic 10 Conference's sports information directors.