Soccer places nine on Academic All-Big 12 Teams
Oct. 30, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Prior to beginning the Big 12 Championship, the Texas Soccer program had nine student-athletes named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Teams, league officials announced on Tuesday. It marks the second-straight campaign in which the Longhorns had nine academic honorees.
Sophomore Julie Arnold (Education), senior Kristin Cummins (Government), sophomore Brooke Gilbert (Education), sophomore Cierra Grubbs (Natural Sciences/Pre-Med), senior Kara Hoffman (Sport Management), junior Brenda Saucedo (Biochemistry/Pre-Med), sophomore Allison Smith (Chemistry) and junior Gabby Zarnegar (Public Relations) were first-team selections while senior Hannah Higgins (Communication Science Disorders, Speech/Language Pathology) earned second-team honors.
The eight first-team picks were the most for UT since eight in 2007.
For Cummins, the league academic award was her third, all on the first team. Higgins picked up her third-consecutive second-team honor while Zarnegar was a repeat selection on the first team. Arnold, Gilbert, Grubbs, Hoffman, Saucedo and Smith all recorded the first Big 12 academic recognition of their careers.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the soccer academic all-league squad consisted of 79 first-team members and 20 second-team honorees. First-team selections have achieved a 3.20 or higher grade-point average while the second-team picks hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
In addition to the GPA requirements, student-athletes must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.