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Six Blue Devils Receive FAR Academic Award
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/11/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - Six current and former Duke University student-athletes have been honored with 1A FAR Academic Excellence Awards, as announced by the NCAA. The award, established by the 1A Faculty Athletic Representatives, recognizes student-athlete academic achievement among graduating seniors.

The Blue Devils recognized for their academic achievement include Tori Arendt, Megan Deakins, Sophia Dunworth, James Kostelnik, Jessica Lyden and Leslie Morrison.

Recipients of the award must have graduated in the past academic year with at least a 3.80 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at a Football Bowl Subdivision institution in a sport sponsored by a Football Bowl Subdivision conference.

Arendt, a former member of the Duke rowing team, was a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and a three-year member of the All-ACC Academic Team during her career. The North Royalton, Ohio, native was a fixture on the Blue Devils' second varsity eight during the 2011-12 season, helping the team take second at the grand finals of the Knecht Cup as well as a fourth-place finish at the ACC Championships. Arendt graduated from Duke with a degree in biology, completing a thesis entitled, "Use of Automatic Crown Root Detection in Quantitative Studies of Crown Root Development."

Deakins competed four seasons as a midfielder on the Duke field hockey team before joining the Blue Devils' cross country and track & field teams. The Devon, Pa., native twice received for NFHCA National Academic All-America honors and earned two selections to the All-ACC Academic field hockey team while earning a degree in neuroscience. On the track, Deakins placed seventh in the 10,000m at the 2012 ACC Outdoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA First Round.

A native of Pleasanton, Calif., Dunworth was tabbed the 2010 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as a senior, graduating with a degree in biology. She recorded her 1,000th career kill during the 2011 season and left Duke with the seventh most kills in school history. Dunworth also led the Blue Devils in attacks over her final two seasons, totaling a team-high 341 kills as a senior. She graduated as a member of the eighth winningest class in Duke volleyball history, which posted a record of 100-31 (.763) over four years while also guiding the Blue Devils to two ACC Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

Kostelnik returned to the Duke men's cross country squad this fall after missing the 2011-12 campaign due to injury. A four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, he has also garnered All-ACC Academic Team accolades in cross country and indoor track & field. Kostelnik, who is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Duke, was named to the All-Southeast Region team during the 2010 cross country season and has earned All-East honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. In the classroom, Kostelnik graduated with a degree in political science and completed a thesis entitled, "The Political Economy of Drug Trafficking Organizations."

Lyden concluded her career as the first member of the Duke swimming & diving program to receive Academic All-America first team honors. A diver and psychology major from Lexington, Ky., Lyden was also selected to the Capital One Academic All-District III Women's At-Large Team in May and was twice named to the All-ACC Academic team. She closed out her four years at Duke by capturing the 2012 ACC title in women's 3-meter springboard diving, earning the first All-ACC honors of her career.

Morrison is a four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and will compete on the women's cross country and track & field teams this year as a graduate student after earning an undergraduate degree in mathematics. The Bethesda, Md., native garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition in 2010 and has earned All-East honors on the track both indoors (1,000m) and outdoors (4x800m Relay). As a member of the Blue Devils' 4x800m relay, Morrsion has twice set school records in that event and ran the third leg of the winning relay at the ECAC Outdoor Championships in 2009.