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Six Huskies Earn USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Honors

Ana Groff

July 25, 2013

STORRS, Conn.  – The University of Connecticut women’s track and field program has been selected as a 2013 Division I All-Academic Team as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association. In addition to earning team recognition, six Huskies were named to the 2013 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Team. Seniors Ilva Bikanova (Madanos, Latvia) and Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.), Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.), juniors Allison Lasnicki (Canastota, N.Y.) and Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.), and freshman Julia Zrinyi (Winnipeg, Manitoba) were honored for their academic excellence. Bikanova and Groff each earn their third consecutive All-Academic nod, while Lasniki takes home her second consecutive All-Academic accolade.

A total of 187 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better. Among all conferences the BIG EAST ranked second with 11 teams represented, trailing only the Atlantic 10 which posted 12 teams on the list. Additionally, the six UConn student-athletes are joined by 704 others which represent a total of 187 institutions.

“With a cumulative team GPA over 3.0 and our finest year in track and field history, our roster certainly presents a true picture of the student-athlete,” stated Head Coach Bill Morgan.  “In the end, they take care of business and discipline themselves for such achievements. They would be the first to recognize our academic support team headed by Ellen Tripp and team adviser Lindsay Darcy.  Outstanding professors are engaging them daily to challenge their efforts and our staff makes certain to partner with them in being outstanding.”



Bikanova concluded her career at UConn as one of the most decorated athletes in program history. This season she qualified for the Outdoor NCAA Championships in the spring, posting a 14th place finish with a 1.80m leap in the high jump. She took home the crown in the high jump at her final Outdoor BIG EAST Championships late last season and also placed first at the 2012-13 Indoor ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass. with a high jump of 1.78m. She was named a Second Team All-American three times and has been one of Morgan’s most consistent athletes during her tenure in Storrs.

Groff had a wildly successful indoor campaign in 2012-13, taking home the crown in the 500 meter dash at the New England Championships with a time of 1:12.96. She was a member of the 4x800m relay team that placed fourth at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 8:43.31, as well as a member of the Distance Medley Relay team that finished first at the BIG EAST Championships (11:06.99). Additionally, she posted another top-three performance in the 4x800m relay at the 2012 Outdoor BIG EAST Championships. Groff has also received Second Team All-American honors.

Mania is a four-time All-American and completed her career at UConn this spring in impressive fashion, earning Second Team All-America after finishing 12th in the 800m at the NCAA Championships with a time of 2:05.28. Prior to the NCAA Championships, she captured silver in 800m at the ECAC Championships, finishing in 2:04.81. In her final indoor season, she posted a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championships as the lead runner on the DMR team (11:25.09). She also was a member of the DMR team that took home the gold medal at the BIG EAST Championships, clocking in at 11:06.99.

Lasnicki enjoyed a breakout season in 2012-13, earning Second Team All-American honors after finishing ninth (34:11.99) in the 10,000 meter run at the Outdoor NCAA Championships. At the Outdoor BIG EAST championships, Lasnicki took home silver in the 10,000 meter run (34:11.82) and picked up a third place finish in the 5,000 meter run (16:33.96). During the indoor year she was a second place finisher in the 5,000 meter run at the BIG EAST Championships, with a time of 16:13.17.

Sara claimed fourth place at the 10,000 meter run at the Outdoor BIG EAST Championships in 2012-13, finishing with a time of 34:47.92. Additionally, she placed 9th in the 3,000 meter run at the 2012-13 Indoor BIG EAST Championships with a mark of 9:38.29.

Zrinyi posted a 17th place finish in the 1,500 meter run at the Outdoor NCAA Championships, finishing with a time of 4:21.17. The freshman also ran the third leg of the 4x800m relay team that finished third (8:52.65) at the ECAC Championships.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Ilva Bikanova

Biological Sciences

Ana Groff

Biomedical Engineering

Allison Lasnicki

Allied Health Sciences

Brigitte Mania

Allied Health Sciences

Lauren Sara

Human Development and Family Studies

Julia Zrinyi