Cumberland senior Kayla Smith and junior Alena Gizdić were voted Capital One Academic All-District 2, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Smith and Gizdić will enter the pool of candidates for Capital One Academic All-America, which will be announced the first week of June. To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 grade-point-average on a 4.0 scale.
Smith posted seven top 12 finishes in eight events this season, earning second team All-Mid-South Conference accolades. The Greenbrier native was a first team All-MSC selection as a junior and a three-time All-Conference Scholar-Athlete.
She placed in the Top 10 25 times in 37 career events at Cumberland with two victories and was a member of the 2012 TranSouth Conference championship team.
Gizdić compiled a 14-5 singles mark and a 13-6 doubles record this academic year for the Bulldogs, helping the squad to a 9-8 mark as the No. 2 player in singles and No. 1 player in doubles. She has posted a 33-14 career singles mark and 34-19 doubles record in five semesters at CU and was a first team All-Mid-South Conference selection as sophomore.
The Split, Croatia, native registered a 14-5 doubles record and a 9-6 mark in singles as a sophomore and was 10-3 in singles and 7-8 in doubles in just spring semester as freshman, garnering first team All-TranSouth Conference honors and a pair of TranSouth Player of the Week accolades.
CoSIDA members may nominate student-athletes from their own institution and only current dues-paying members of the organization may nominate. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has complete one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore eligibility.
Golfers Garrett, Goodman earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors
Cumberland seniors Austin Garrett and Jeremy Goodman were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Thursday, as announced by the national office.
Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and hold a 3.50 grade-point-average or better to be eligible for the award.
Garrett and Goodman graduated this past Saturday in the 172nd Commencement ceremonies on the Cumberland campus; Goodman with a 3.67 in computer analytics & infomatics and Garrett with a 3.69 in business administration. It is the second straight year that the duo was named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
A total of 114 men’s golfers from 70 institutions were honored by the NAIA.