KU Soccer Sees Nine Named to Academic All-Big 12 List

IRVING, Texas – Seniors Madi Hillis and Caroline Kastor were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the third time to highlight a list of nine Kansas Jayhawks recognized on the conference’s academic list it was announced Tuesday. The announcement marks the fifth time in six seasons KU has had eight or more selected to the conference’s all-academic teams.
KU saw two Jayhawks claim spots on the academic team for the third-straight year, with Hillis (business) earning a spot on the first team in all three of her eligible seasons and Kastor (classical antiquity) also finding her name on the All-Big 12 first team for the third-straight year.
Senior Shannon Renner and juniors Jamie Fletcher (strategic communications), Caroline Van Slambrouck (English, history) and Haley Yearout (exercise science) nabbed spots on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the second-straight year.
Kansas featured three first-time selections on the academic list. Senior Ali Kimura (exercise science) and sophomores Hanna Kallmaier (exercise science) and Liana Salazar (business) each earned academic honors for the first time.
This marks the eighth-straight season KU has put at least six student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Team. Hillis and Kastor also became the 17th and 18th Jayhawks to earn first team academic honors three times in a career.
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 arrive in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday afternoon in preparation for its quarterfinal match versus West Virginia on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Big 12 Soccer Championship.
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