June 3, 2005
CLEMSON, SC – Two Clemson women’s track and field team student-athletes were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team as selected by CoSIDA, announced on Friday. Senior Gisele Oliveira and junior Jennifer Barton were first and second-team selections, respectively. It is the third consecutive all-district honor for Oliveira, and the first such accolade for Barton.
A senior from Porto Alegre, Brazil, Oliveira graduated summa cum laude in May with a degree in management. She was selected to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-America team, and also earned all-district honors in 2003. Oliveira posted a 3.96 GPA in her undergraduate studies, and is currently pursuing graduate school options as she plans to train for her professional career locally. By merit of earning first team all-district honors, Oliveira is eligible for national Academic All-America honors. She is the 2005 NCAA Indoor Champion in the triple jump, only the second Lady Tiger to win a national championship in a field event. A five-time All-American, Oliveira set the Clemson, ACC and South American record in the triple jump earlier this season with a mark of 45’9″. That performance is the best in the nation entering next week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held in Sacramento, CA.
Barton, a junior from Toledo, OH, earned her first all-district team honor with the second-team selection. She is the Clemson record-holder in the 3000m steeplechase, and earned all-state honors in cross country in 2004. Barton led the Tigers at the ACC Cross Country Championships this year, and led Clemson in the steeplechase event outdoor. She is majoring in biological sciences and has a 3.88 GPA.
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