Fomin, Hanson, Kailaheimo earn All-Academic honors

Nikita Fomin

May 16, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook University tennis teams had three student-athletes named to the America East All-Academic team, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Sophomore Nikita Fomin and senior Roope Kailaheimo were selected to seven-player men's squad while senior Katherine Hanson earned a spot on the six-member women's team.

A first team all-conference selection, Fomin had another outstanding year on the court as he went 14-2 at No. 1 singles. In the classroom, he posted a 3.36 GPA as a Business Management/Economics double major.

Kailaheimo posted nine singles victories in 2011-12 and had a GPA of 3.52 as a Political Science major. In addition, he was accepted to the prestigious London School of Economics.

Hanson wrapped up her four-year Stony Brook career by helping the women's to its first America East championship. A second all-conference selection in doubles, Hanson had a 3.33 GPA in Sociology.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.

For the fourth straight year, America East selected the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model.

Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time, for example, six student-athletes in the sport of tennis.

To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions.



In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.