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Gallaudet's Katie Giles earns CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team honors

Gallaudet's Katie Giles earns CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team honors

WASHINGTON – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2014 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Teams and Gallaudet University senior women's swimmer Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) was named to the District 2 first team for Division III. Giles will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Tuesday, June 3. This is Giles' first Academic All-District first team honor.

Giles is a three-sport student-athlete at Gallaudet as she lettered in women's soccer, women's swimming and women's track and field this past school year. 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's last CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large honoree was men's swimmer Kyle Dacus back in 2009-10 when he was named to the District 2 second team.

Gallaudet has earned five Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. 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.

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. District 2 is comprised of Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

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 Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed per sport and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the third year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

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.

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