Bergmann Named First Team Academic All-American

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior thrower Heather Bergmann was one of 15 collegians named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Track & Field First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.

Bergmann, a chemistry major, registered a 3.91 grade point average in her senior year. In addition to being a standout thrower for the Jayhawks, she is a three time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and was named to the Academic All-America Second Team following the 2012 season.

The Concordia, Kan., native is a three-time first team All-American in the javelin throw. Most recently she finished sixth in the javelin at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships and third at the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Championships before concluding her KU career with an eighth-place finish at the USA Championships last week.

Bergmann holds the Kansas school record in the javelin with a career-best mark of 52.67 meters (172’9″). She also notched two victories this season, one at the Kansas Relays and the other at the Emporia Spring Open.

Bergmann’s honor marks the 17th time a member of the KU men’s and women’s track & field team has been named to the Academic All-America First Team and the first since long jumper Eric Fattig in 2010.

To be eligible for Capital One 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.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.