WASHINGTON – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams and Gallaudet University senior women's track and field runner Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) was named to the Division III second team.
Giles becomes the first female in Gallaudet history to earn two CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in her career. She was named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large second team last year for her performance with the women's swimming and diving team.
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 graduated last week a 3.99 cumulative grade point average. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society for athletics and is a two-time North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athlete. On the track, she was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team and competed in the 200-meter dash and 800 meter run.
Gallaudet has earned eight Academic All-America selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Six of the eight awards have been earned in the past three years, two honors given to Giles (2013-14, 2014-15). Trey Gordon was named to the 2014-15 men's basketball third team this season. 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 the first GU honoree in 1991.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic 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. Gallaudet Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson nominated Giles for this honor and has helped Gallaudet athletics increase its Academic All-America totals, fourfold, in his six years at the helm.
CoSIDA began this program in the 1950s, 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-Americans in 12 sports.
This is the second 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 2014-15 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
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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.