Utah Utes campus briefs

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Published: Friday, May 20 2011 1:17 a.m. MDT

SOFTBALL: For the first time in her career, first baseman Tia Palauni was named to the All-West Region Softball Second Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Thursday.

Palauni, a junior from Taylorsville, Utah, is already fifth on the school's all-time walk list after drawing a single-season record 41 free passes this season. She also posted the highest single-season on-base percentage in school history (.545).

This year, Palauni led the team with a .678 slugging percentage (minimum 50 at-bats) and was second on the team with a .333 batting average. Palauni posted seven multi-RBI performances as well as six multi-hit games this season. She began the season on what turned out to be a team-best 14-game hit streak from Feb. 10 to Mar. 9.

Palauni was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for the second time in her career after the first week of the season, hitting .583 over five games at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic with seven hits in 12 at-bats, six runs scored and eight RBI. At then-No. 13/10 Arizona State, the Utes were down 1-0 to the Sun Devils in the bottom of the eighth inning when Palauni connected on a walk-off three-run home run for the key road win.

A total of 258 players from 126 different institutions comprise this season's regional teams, including first and second teams for each region. The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams.

Utah finished the season with a 29-22 overall record and was 7-5 in the MWC to place fourth in its final year in the conference.

SKIING: Skier Torjus Krogdahl has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Men's At-Large First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday. This was the second consecutive year Krogdahl has received the award.

Krogdahl, who has a 3.96 GPA in business, earned All-American status in both men's alpine events for the Utes and is now a four-time All-American over his career. The junior from Oslo, Norway, took fifth in the men's slalom competition after crossing the finish line in 1:42.70 and posted a seventh-place effort in the men's GS after turning in a time of 2:03.50.

Krogdhal helped Utah finish as the runner-up at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

SKIING: Eva Huckova has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Women's At-Large First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday. This was the third consecutive year Huckova has received the award..

Huckova earned Academic All-American status last season and will appear on the national Academic All-America ballot this season as well.

Huckova owns a 3.99 GPA in finance and captured All-American status for the sixth time in her career after finishing with a sixth-place effort in the women's slalom at a time of 1:57.02 at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Huckova, a senior from Banska Bystricka, Slovakia, helped the Utes take second place in the team standings at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Teammate Torjus Krogdahl was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Men's At-Large First Team.

Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

SWIMMING: Junior Hannah Caron has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Women's At-Large First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.

This was the first time at Ute has earned the award since Meghan Demchuk was recognized in 2004.

Caron, who holds a 3.99 GPA while majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders, has earned a spot on the All-Mountain West Conference Team in the 100, 200 fly and 200 IM in each of the past three years.

Caron qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championships and competed in the 200 IM, 100 fly, and 200 fly events. The Raleigh, N.C., native swam the second-fastest 100 fly time of her career to place 30th (53.49). In the 200 fly, she took 29th with a personal-best time of 1:57.98, which was the second-fastest time in school history.

Caron is now eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be released June 9.

Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

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