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Soccer's Larsen Earns Academic All-America of the Year Award

Llisa Sliwinski

TOWSON, Md. - Baylor senior forward Dana Larsen was named the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for women's soccer on Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Larsen joins baseball's Charley Carter (1998) as the only Baylor athletes to be honored as the Academic All-America of the Year. Along with the individual honor, the native of Mequon, Wis., earned a spot on the Academic All-America first team. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average, while majoring in biochemistry.

In 2011, Larsen was the first Academic All-America second-team member in program history and this season she becomes the first soccer player to earn the first-team accolade. Larsen is a three-time Academic All-District first-team selection and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team member. In 2012, she led the Bears in goals (11), assists (9) and points (31).

Senior midfielder Lisa Sliwinski was also recognized on the Academic All-America Team, after posting a 3.81 GPA in biology. Her third-team selection gives Baylor two players on the All-America Team in back-to-back years.

The Plano, Texas, product was a third-team Academic All-District honoree two years ago, a second-team member last season and earned the first-team distinction in 2012. She finished second on the team with 10 goals, five assists and 25 points.

Larsen and Sliwinski helped BU to the best record in program history at 19-1-5 and the program's first Big 12 Championship title. The Bears advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship, the farthest any BU team had ever gone in the 64-team tournament. Both players scored a goal during the final two games of the season to wrap up their careers fourth (Sliwinski, 30 goals) and fifth (Larsen, 29 goals) on the all-time Baylor scoring list.

Last season, Larsen (second team) and Bethany Johnston (third team) were named Academic All-America. In total, five different players have received the distinction six different times in program history. Dawn Greathouse (1999) and Whitney Barrett (2002) were third-team selections.

Baylor was the only Big 12 institution with a player recognized and one of just five schools in the country with more than one honoree.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.



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