Nov. 5, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Baylor soccer led all league members with 15 Academic All-Big 12 selections, including a league-high 14 first team honorees, the league announced on Tuesday.
The Bears' 15 selections ties last season's number, which was good for second-most all-time in program history, just one shy of 2011's 16 honorees. BU's 14 first team selections ties a program record that was set last season.
Among first team selections, five seniors were named an Academic All-Big 12 honoree for the third time in their careers - the most a player can earn in a career: Taylor Heatherly (Secondary English), Vic Hoffman (Film and Digital Media), Alex Klein (Health Science Studies), Kat Ludlow (Health Science Studies) and Selby Polley (Health Science Studies).
Five Bears earned Academic All-Big 12 status for the second time in their careers: senior Larissa Campos (Journalism) and juniors Justine Hovden (Psychology), Natalie Huggins (Biology), Michelle Kloss (Health Science Studies) and Alexa Wilde (Biomedical Engineering), who was one of eight players on the league's list with a perfect 4.00 GPA.
Four BU players garnered the honor for the first time in their careers: senior Kate Beaudoin (General Studies) and sophomores Katie Daigle (Health Science Studies), McKenna Martin (Health Science Studies) and Hadley Young (Business). Daigle, Martin and Young were also Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team selections last season.
Baylor's second team selection was sophomore Anjadai Seals (International Studies), who earned the honor for the first time in her career as well.
First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. The first team is comprised of 82 honorees, while nine members make up the second team.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
Baylor continues its season as the No. 5 seed in the Big 12 Championship against No. 4 seed Iowa State tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. CT in Kansas City, Mo., at Swope Soccer Village.