LAWRENCE, Kan. – Three seniors from the Big 12 Conference champion Kansas tennis team have earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced Tuesday.
Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch earned spots on the First Team; Anastasia Rychagova was named to the Second Team.
This is Khmelnitckaia’s (sport management) third-straight year being named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team and her second-straight season being named a first-team honoree; it’s the first such honor for Koch (business management).
Rychagova (economics) has earned Academic All-Big 12 Team accolades for the third-straight year. As a sophomore, Rychagova was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, and has now been Academic All-Big 12 Second Team for the past two seasons.
Khmelnitckaia, Koch and Rychagova were three of the 61 men and women to earn this honor. In order to qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
With the Big 12 Conference Championship victory, Kansas tennis has earned an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks now await the NCAA Selection Show announcement on Monday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. The NCAA Tournament begins play on Friday, May 3.