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SB: Courtney Zink named first-team all-academic

Courtney Zink posted a 4.0 in her final semester at UT Arlington
 
Courtney Zink posted a 4.0 in her final semester at UT Arlington
 

June 21, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington softball senior Courtney Zink was named to the Southland Conference All-Academic first teams, the league office announced Thursday.

The starting shortstop from Highlands, Texas received a perfect 4.0 in her last semester as a Kinesiology major at UT Arlington.

UTSA sophomore Molly Fichtner has been named the Southland Conference Softball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Thursday in conjunction with the release of the All-Academic Softball Teams.

Fichtner, a native of Houston, Texas (Clear Brook), carries a 3.93 grade-point average in kinesiology and is the second softball student-athlete of the year from UTSA, joining three-time winner Jessica Rogers, who took the distinction in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The Roadrunner shortstop followed her freshman of the year campaign by earning first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore and leading UTSA with 61 hits. Fichtner batted .365 on the year with three home runs, 27 runs and 18 RBI. She ranked third in the conference in hits, fifth in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage (.425) and total bases (78). In 167 at-bats on the season, Fichtner struck out only nine times, ranking her in the top-50 in the nation as one of the toughest players to strike out. She is only one of four Roadrunners to start every game this season and made the move from catcher to shortstop after 11 games.

Eleven student-athletes make a return appearance to the all-academic teams, including UT Arlington senior Courtney Zink and Northwestern State senior Kelee Grimes, who are both making their third consecutive showing.


 

 

Seven members received automatic selections by virtue of being either a first-team all-conference selection or voted to the CoSIDA academic all-district team.

Three student-athletes were selected to the CoSIDA academic all-district team. Central Arkansas senior Nicole Beals and junior Melissa Bryant and McNeese State sophomore Alanna DiVittorio were named to the All-District VI team while Stephen F. Austin sophomore Elizabeth Arana earned a spot on the All-District VII team. Fichtner, Sam Houston State junior Tori Benavidez and Texas State senior Chandler Hall earned their spot on the team after picking up first-team all-conference honors. Beals and Bryant were also named to the first-team all-conference team to go along with their CoSIDA academic all-district selection.

Three schools each placed four student-athletes on the all-academic teams, including Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Texas State. McNeese State had three members while Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christ both had two. Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, UT Arlington and UTSA each had one apiece.

Established in the 2002-03 academic year, the conference honors one student-athlete from each of the 17 championship sports who achieves excellence in academics, athletics and community/campus service.

The student-athlete of the year, selected by the league’s awards committee, will have attained athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution, possess at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and demonstrated extracurricular service at her campus and or community.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.


First Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major/Minor

Molly Fichtner^, 1

UTSA

So.

Houston, Texas

3.93

Kinesiology

Nicole Beals1

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Phoenix, Ariz.

3.68

History

Melissa Bryant1, 2

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Hernando, Miss.

3.71

Nursing

Alanna DiVittorio1

McNeese State

So.

Harahan, La.

3.91

Civil Engineering

Tori Benavidez1, 2

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Midlothian, Texas

3.46

Business Administration/Kinesiology

Elizabeth Arana1

Stephen F. Austin

So.

The Woodlands, Texas

4.00

Kinesiology

Chandler Hall1, 2

Texas State

Sr.

Baytown, Texas

3.14

Fashion Merchandising/

Business Administration

Ashley Ray

Nicholls State

Sr.

Lafayette, La.

3.36

General Studies

Anne Marie Taylor2

Texas State

Jr.

Houston, Texas

3.26

Interdisciplinary Studies

Brooke Baker

Texas State

Jr.

Houston, Texas

3.53

Interdisciplinary Studies

Hannah Schwarz2

A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Kerrville, Texas

3.99

Interdisciplinary Studies

Courtney Zink3

UT Arlington

Sr.

Highlands, Texas

4.00

Kinesiology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Team

 

 

 

 

 

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major/Minor

Anna Hernandez2

Texas State

Jr.

Buda, Texas

3.36

Exercise & Sports Science

Tara McKenney

Northwestern State

So.

Red Oak, Texas

3.36

Communications

Katie McGregor2

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Lake Jackson, Texas

3.85

Management

Megan McCollum

Southeastern Louisiana

So.

Lafayette, La.

3.55

Kinesiology

Kelee Grimes3

Northwestern State

Sr.

Pineville, La.

3.82

Business Administration

Katie Roux

McNeese State

So.

Denham Springs, La.

4.00

Health and Human Performance

Sarah Allison

Sam Houston State

So.

College Station, Texas

3.56

Kinesiology/Management

Melanie Bryant2

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Hernando, Miss.

3.52

Nursing

Greta Cecchetti

A&M-Corpus Christi

Jr.

Bollate, Italy

3.18

Psychology

Marissa Koetting

McNeese State

Jr.

Ferris, Texas

3.53

Biology

Allysa Coggins

Sam Houston State

So.

Sealy, Texas

3.72

Business Administration/Marketing

Tomi Garrison2

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Garland, Texas

3.40

Psychology/Health

2012 Southland Conference Softball All-Academic Teams

 

^2012 Southland Softball Student-Athlete of the Year

1Automatic Selection

2Two-time all-academic selection

3Three-time all-academic selection

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