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Four Utes Earn Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship

Four Utes have been awarded postgraduate scholarships by the Pac-12 Conference.

Four Utes have been awarded postgraduate scholarships by the Pac-12 Conference.

July 5, 2012

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four University of Utah student-athletes have earned Pac-12 Conference Postgraduate Scholarships, the league office announced Thursday. Seniors Alyssa Abbott (Track & Field), Eric Bonicelli (Swimming), Hannah Caron (Swimming) and Torjus Krogdahl (Skiing) have each earned the $3,000 award to continue their academic pursuits beyond their undergraduate degrees.

Abbott (Reno, Nev.), earned a 3.899 GPA as an exercise and sports science major. Also a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, she began her graduate work in physical therapy at Utah this summer. Abbott was the 2010 Mountain West Conference champion in the 1500 meter and a seven-time NCAA qualifier across three different events.

Bonicelli (Overland Park, Kan.) carried a 3.742 GPA as a communications major. A first-team all-conference honoree in 2010, he also received the Utah swim team's "Hammer Award", given to the hardest worker on the squad. Bonicelli has accepted a graduate assistant position at the University of South Dakota, where he will continue his education.

Caron held a 3.992 GPA in speech and hearing sciences. She is the Utah record holder in the 200 individual medley (IM) and is a member of the school record-holding teams in the 200 IM relay, 400 IM relay, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay. Caron is also among Utah's all-time top-10 performers in the 100 fly, 200 fly, 400 IM, 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke. She will be starting graduate school at Utah this fall, studying communicative disorders and speech therapy.

Krogdahl (Oslo, Norway) boasted a 3.971 GPA as a finance major. A three-time top-five finisher in the slalom at the NCAA Championships, he posted a runner-up finish in 2010. He also finished 17th or better in the giant slalom three times, including a ninth-place finish in 2010. For his career, Krogdahl owns 25 career top-10 finishes and was among the top 20 in 41 different events. He will begin a master's degree program this fall in either Denmark or his native Norway.

The $3,000 awards go to student-athletes who meet the academic requirements and who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement, and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded over $1.5 million for postgraduate study.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better, have performed with distinction on the field, intend to continue their academic work in a graduate or professional program and have behaved on and off the field in a manner that has brought credit to themselves, their sport and the University of Utah.

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