Eight Jayhawks Tabbed to Academic All-Big 12 Squad

IRVING, Texas – Five Jayhawks were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second-consecutive year to highlight a list of eight Kansas soccer players who were recognized on the conference’s academic list when it was released Tuesday. The announcement marked the seventh time in eight seasons KU has had eight or more selected to the conference’s all-academic team.
Senior Liana Salazar (marketing) earned a spot on the first team for the second time after first claiming a first-team nod in 2013. The Jayhawks also featured five juniors who were named to the academic list for the second-straight season. Tayler Estrada (exercise science), Aurélie Gagnet (political science), Hanna Kallmaier (exercise science), Ashley Pankey (pre-medicine), Kaley Smith (exercise science) and Morgan Williams (microbiology) all found their names on the All-Big 12 First Team for the second year they were eligible.
Redshirt sophomore Maddie Dobyns (communications) also earned first team academic honors for the first time.
This marks the 10th-straight season KU has put at least six student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Team.
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 concluded its regular season last weekend going 8-8-2 overall and 3-4-1 in league play to earn the No. 6 seed at the Big 12 Soccer Championship to be held in Kansas City, Missouri this week. The Jayhawks are scheduled to take on the No. 3-seeded Texas Longhorns on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m., inside Swope Soccer Village.
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