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Published 7/17/2003
Owens Community College Student-Athletes Named NJCAA Academic All-Americans

Four Owens Community College student-athletes have been selected to the Division II Academic All-American Team by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and on the athletic playing field.

Ashley Brough Joanna Lewandowski Laura Wilson Jodi Young
Ashley Brough of Genoa (Volleyball), Joanna Lewandowski of Genoa (Women's Basketball), Laura Wilson of Fremont (Women's Basketball) and Jodi Young of Toledo (Volleyball) are among only 18 student-athletes, since 1994, to ever receive the prestigious award at Owens.

"Owens Community College is extremely proud of Ashley, Joanna, Laura and Jodi and their hard work and dedication exhibited within the classroom," said Michael Rickard, Owens Director of Athletics. "Their success as scholars is a positive reflection on the volleyball and women's basketball programs and the commitment shown toward educational values."

Brough, a sophomore libero and setter from Eastwood High School, was a back row defensive specialist for the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season and tournament championship team. In 47 games, Brough recorded 105 digs while also registering an 88 percent serving efficiency and 94 percent serve reception efficiency. During the 2002-2003 academic year she achieved a 3.62 grade point average.

A freshman center from Genoa High School, Lewandowski was an integral part of the Express women's basketball program which finished sixth in the NJCAA Division II National Championships this past year. In 20 games, she scored 24 points, grabbed 32 rebounds and blocked 8 shots coming off the bench as a reserve player. Her honors include earning a 3.82 grade point average during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Wilson, a freshman from Fremont Ross High School, was the starting shooting guard for the women's basketball team. She played in 36 games and averaged 9.4 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 4 rebounds, helping lead the team to a 25-11 overall record. Her postseason honors included selection to the OCCAC All-Tournament Team and Owens' Defensive Player of the Year. Wilson achieved a 3.90 grade point average during the 2002-2003 academic year. She also was one of only 27 student-athletes in the nation to be nominated by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) as the Scholar Athlete of the Year.

A sophomore Co-Captain from Start High School, Young was the starting setter for the Express volleyball program, which amassed an overall 46-11 record this past year. Honored as the team's Coaches Award recipient, she played in 135 games and led the team with 998 assists. She also recorded 263 digs, 25 aces and accumulated a 96.4 percent hitting efficiency. With 1,776 assists for a career, Young ranks second as Owens' all-time leader in this category. Her honors include achieving a 3.62 grade point average during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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