NORMAN, Okla.--The Big 12 Conference named 80 student-athletes to the 2004 Soccer Academic All-Big 12 Team Tuesday. The University of Oklahoma put 10 members on the first and second teams, the most in the Big 12. The Sooners’ eight first team members was good for second in the conference, tied with Texas and behind Iowa State (9).
The Sooners that were honored on the All-Big 12 Academic First Team included senior Samantha Faulkner, sophomore Andrea Hurley, junior Jenny Jones, sophomore Kady Kelly, junior Christy Kenkel, sophomore Savannah Scott, junior Kristin Vesely and senior Erin Young. Sophomores Lauren King and Jayme Seetin rounded out OU’s list on the All-Big 12 Academic Second Team.
It marked the fourth such honor for Young who sat out her freshman season with a torn ACL. Kenkel and Jones were also All-Big 12 Academic Team members last season when the Sooners totalled seven members between the two teams.
Among the other student-athletes honored around the Big 12, four were nominated with a 4.00 grade point average: Alli Coleman (Iowa State), Rachel Gilfillan (Kansas), Amy Burlingham and Kelly Wilson (Texas).
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the soccer academic all-league squad consisted of 63 first team members combined with 17 on the second team. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or in each of the two previous semesters while participating in 60 percent of her 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 eligible.