Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 13, 2014

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Gunn High grad Rachael Acker, a junior-to-be on the University of California women's swim team, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's At-Large third team.

Acker sports a 3.93 GPA as a French major. She aspires to attend medical school, works in a biology lab on campus and was named first-team Pac-12 All-Academic earlier this spring. In the pool, Acker helped Cal to an NCAA title in the 800 free relay this past March. She also was a member of the third-place 400 free relay and placed 11th in the 200 free and 14th in the 100 free individually at the national championships. Acker was a key factor in Cal's Pac-12 team title, as well, swimming legs on the victorious 400 and 800 free relays and reaching the finals in both the 100 and 200 free. As a freshman in 2013, Acker captured the Pac-12 crown in the 200 free. She is the first women's swimmer named an Academic All-American since Elli Overton in 2000. She was chosen from among the more than 100 student-athletes from around the country who qualified for Capital One All-District At-Large teams, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In order to qualify for the ballot, each nominee must have been a starter or important reserve and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests while earning at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA . . . Palo Alto's Chesnie Cheung has earned a berth on the US Synchronized Swimming 12U National Team again, her second berth in as many years. Cheung will compete in the National Age Group Championships from June 27-July 5 in Federal Way, Wash. After that, she'll be training with her national squad teammates in Riverside for about six weeks starting July 7.

Head coach for 12U team is Sara Lowe from Stanford. Cheung will be a seventh-grader in August at Jordan Middle School. She has been swimming in the sport for six years . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Alysa Kohrs, a freshman at MIT, earned NCAA Division III All-America honors in singles this week from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Kohrs won a pair of matches at the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Singles Tennis Championships in Claremont before falling in the quarterfinals to the No. 1 seed, 6-1, 6-2. Kohrs, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year, finished her outstanding first season with All-America honors and a 21-8 singles record . . . Stanford's Madi Bugg and Brittany Howard will be joined by Palo Alto High grad Melanie Wade of Washington on the Pac-12 women's volleyball all-star team that will travel to China later this month. Bugg, Howard and Wade — all finishing up their sophomore seasons — will acompany nine other student-athletes from around the conference on the trip. The summer all-star team will play seven matches over two weeks in Sanming and Beijing. The team, which will practice in Los Angeles before arriving in Shanghai on June 17, will spend the first day sightseeing before heading to Sanming.

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