YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2014 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Teams and Gallaudet University senior women's swimmer Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) was named to the women's second team for Division III. Giles becomes only the second woman in Gallaudet athletics history to earn Academic All-America honors.
Giles is a three-sport student-athlete (women's soccer, women's swimming, women's track and field) at Gallaudet, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. The social work major with a criminology minor has a 3.98 cumulative grade point average. Giles took home top honors as the 2013-14 top Gallaudet scholar-athlete and was recently inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society for student-athletes. She earned North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athlete honors last year. In the pool, she was a three-time All-NEAC first team honoree as she was a member of three first-place relay teams (200-yard freestyle, 200 medley, 400 medley) at the 2014 conference championships. Giles helped the Bison secure a podium finish as GU finished third overall at the NEAC championships.
The at-large category features student-athletes from 25 different NCAA sports including; women’s bowling, women’s crew, men’s and women’s fencing, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rifle, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo and men’s wrestling.
Gallaudet has earned six Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Four of the six awards have been earned in the past two years. Adham Talaat was selected to the football first and second team in 2013 and 2012, respectively, and Ann Whited was selected to the women's volleyball third team in 2012. Wayne Langbein was named to the men's second team for track and field in 1993 and Brian Bippus was selected to the men's basketball second team in 1991.
"I am thrilled for Katie to cap her athletic career with this prestigious honor," said Sam Atkinson, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, who nominated Giles for the award. "Katie has been a big part of GU athletics the last two years as she has participated in many different sports and is a true leader in the classroom."
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
CoSIDA began this program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Capital One Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-America teams in 12 sports.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013-14 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
- 2014 CoSIDA At-Large All-America Teams (PDF)
- Official press release on CoSIDA.com about Academic All-America Division III At-Large teams
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Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $206.9 billion in deposits and $289.9 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2013. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index. To be eligible for Academic All‐America® consideration, a student‐athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All‐America honors on more than 20,000 student‐athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.