Fifteen Jayhawks earn Academic All-Big 12 honors
IRVING, Texas – A program-record 15 members of the Kansas soccer team were listed on the Academic All-Big 12 teams announced by the league office Tuesday. Thirteen Jayhawks were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, also a program high, including senior Grace Hagan, who earned a first-team nod for the third time. The announcement marked the 10th time in the last 11 seasons KU has had eight or more selected to the conference’s all-academic teams.
Hagan, a biology major out of Wichita, Kansas, was selected to the first team for the third-consecutive season. The selection makes her the 26th Jayhawk in program history to be named to the league’s All-Academic First Team three times.
Other first team honorees included redshirt juniors Taylor Christie (finance and accounting) and Anna Courtney (finance and accounting) as well as juniors Sophie Maierhofer (business administration) and Elise Reina (design), each of whom earned first team nods for the second time. Senior Lauren Breshears (mechanical engineering/business administration), juniors Eva Eliasdottir (architecture), Addisyn Merrick (sport management), Madison Meador (applied behavioral science), sophomores Kathryn Castro (chemical engineering), Avery Hall (applied behavioral science) and Ceri Holland (exercise science), and redshirt freshman Kailey Lane (community health) rounded out the Jayhawks’ first team selections after earning the honor for the first time. Meador was one of 19 Big 12 soccer players to post a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Kansas also saw two named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. Junior Katie McClure (exercise science) secured a spot on the academic squad for the second time, while sophomore Isabella Cavalcante (liberal arts and science) was a first time honoree.
This marks the 13th-straight season KU has put at least six student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Teams. 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.
Kansas will concluded its regular season on Thursday, Oct. 25 when it travels to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers in a 6 p.m. (CT) match. The Jayhawks will then begin postseason play at the Big 12 Soccer Championship to be held in Kansas City, Missouri starting on Sunday, Oct. 28.
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