May 12, 2005
The awards keep pouring in for junior left fielder Natasha Jacob as she was named for the second straight year to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Division Softball first team. The student-athletes selected to the first team will represent District III on the national ballot. The 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America softball teams will be announced on Thursday, June 2, 2005.
Jacob has a 3.92 GPA in Exercise Science and Wednesday night she was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s All-ACC first team. The native of Coppell, Texas, leads the Seminoles with a .350 batting average. She was the Golden Torch Award winner for softball and named Offensive MVP at the FSU Invitational in March.
All 11 members of the 2004 All-District first team boast at least a 3.52 cumulative GPA. The University of South Carolina’s Ashley Smith owns a 4.0 GPA in civil engineering and was selected to the All-District team for the second consecutive year. Rachael Riopel, a graduate student from Gardner-Webb University, is a three-time All-District honoree, and Winthrop University’s Janiva Willis has also earned All-District accolades three times. Katie Lewis of the University of Georgia and Florida State University¡¦s Jacob were also members of last year’s All-District team.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s track and field/cross country, women’s track and field/cross country, men’s at-large and women’s at-large.