May 12, 2011
IRVING, Texas -
The Baylor softball team placed a league-high eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Conference first-team, the conference office announced Thursday. The eight first-team members were the third-most in program history, behind the 11 selected in 1998 and 10 in 2010.
KJ Freeland (Health Science Studies/Pre-Physical Therapy) returned to the first-team for the third-straight season, while Whitney Canion (Business), Sydney Wilson (Health Science Studies/Pre-Physical Therapy), Megan Turk (Psychology) and Kayce Walker (Health Science Studies/Pre-Physical Therapy) made it for the second consecutive season. Joining them on the first team are first-time members, Meagan Weldon (English), Kelsi Kettler (General Studies) and Kathy Shelton (Communication Speech Disorders).
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the softball academic all-league team consisted of 47 first team members combined with 14 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
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 her 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.