Heneghan, Ford Named Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes

March 4, 2014

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IRVINE, Calif. - UC Davis women's tennis standout Megan Heneghan and men's soccer player Brian Ford have been named UC Davis' winners for the 2013 Big West Male and Female Scholar-Athletes and will be honored at a banquet at the conference basketball tournament in Garden Grove next week.

The Aggies are among 18 outstanding student-athletes from the nine Big West institutions to receive the distinguished honor. The Big West will host a breakfast in their honor at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anaheim on Mar. 13 at 9 a.m.

Heneghan is a senior from Tustin who this season leads the Aggies in both singles (10) and doubles wins (11). She ranked 90th in singles in NCAA Div. I by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2013 and in doing so became the first Aggie to attain a national ranking in the D-I era.

While helping her team advance past the Big West Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in program history in 2012, the communication major was named to the All-Big West Singles first team for the second consecutive year and was named to the second team in 2013. As the Big West Conference Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year in 2011, Heneghan wrote her name in the UC Davis record book as the first in school history to receive the honor.

With a 3.54 GPA, the senior has made the Dean's List four times and ranks in the top 16 percent of her class in the College of Letters and Science. She also spends her summers volunteering at summer tennis camps.

Ford is a junior defender from Newport Beach, Calif. He helped his team to its first-ever Big West Championship game in 2012 and scored his first career goal in September of that same season. The anchor in the backline also has two assists to his name. He was named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region third team in 2012 after starting all 21 games and playing a team-high 1,968 minutes.

Ford has earned an A or an A+ in 10 different classes at UC Davis and is ranked in the top 18.5 percent of his class. Ford has volunteered with Just4Kicks as a soccer coach, AgAdemics - an elementary school outreach - and has been a performer for Aggie Idol, a student-athlete charity variety show. The exercise biology major plans to volunteer with an overseas medical organization before applying to medical school in the fall to pursue neurology.

Next week's banquet is held in conjunction with the Big West Basketball Tournament which will take finish on Thursday through Saturday at Honda Center.

(Release courtesy of Big West Conference)