NORTHFIELD, Minn. – In advance of next week’s NCAA Championships, Carleton College tennis player Kathryn Schmidt (Sr./Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) collected another honor as she was recognized for her performance both on the court and in the classroom as she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The award honors the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance in competition and in the classroom.
A political science/international relations major with a 3.65 GPA, Schmidt has earned All-MIAC distinction all four years for her play at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Already a three-time All-American, she will make her fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA individual championships when she takes part in the 32-player field from May 24-26 in Cary, N.C.
Schmidt is one of four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) student-athletes to be selected to the Academic All-District At-Large Team and one of 10 total athletes to earn a spot on the team for the NCAA Division III’s District 6, encompassing schools in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The Capital One Academic All-District team is part of the Capital One Academic All-America program, which annually honors over 1600 student-athletes who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Eligible sports for women's at-large consideration include bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, and water polo.
To be eligible, 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 her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.