June 14, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - California senior Graham Ackerman has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large second team. Ackerman became eligible for Academic All-America accolades by being named to the Academic All-District VIII first team last month.
The Seattle, Wash., native boasts a 3.60 grade point average as a double major in political science and European development. Ackerman earned the 2005 Pac-10 Medal of Honor as Cal's top senior student-athlete after winning his second consecutive NCAA floor exercise title. In 2004, he also claimed the 2004 NCAA crown on the vault.
The seven-time All-American received the Jake Gimbel award, given to a Cal graduating male student-athlete for successful integration of academic and athletic pursuits. He was a finalist for the 2005 Nissen-Emery Award, which recognizes the nation's top senior gymnast.
The men's at-large Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. To be eligible for Academic All-District and Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.