NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Carleton College women’s golfer Taylor Wells (Rochester, Minn./ Century) was recognized for her excellence in the classroom and in competition, as she was selected to the 2014 Academic All-District At-Large Team, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
As a Biology major, Wells holds a 3.95 cumulative grade point average as a biology major and is one of six student-athletes from MIAC schools and 12 total athletes to earn a spot on the team for the NCAA Division III’s District 6, encompassing schools in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
A Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-Midwest Region selection in 2012, and 2013, Wells is also a two-time WGCA All-American Scholar team selection.
Wells missed the fall portion of the 2013-14 season to participate in a study-abroad experience in Namibia but played well enough in the spring to be named to the All-MIAC team for the third straight season, becoming the first Knights’ golfer to take home three all-conference awards. She is the Knights’ record holder for best 18-hole scores. Her 81.22 stroke average is also tops among all Carleton women’s golfers with at least 20 career rounds. Wells has recorded four top-5 finishes in her career including a fourth-place finish this year at the UCSC Spring Invitational.
She helped lead No. 13-ranked Knights to their lowest season scoring average in program history (323.9).
Wells becomes the third Carleton golfer to earn Academic All-District recognition, joining Katrina Wood in 2008 and Kassie Wells in both 2006 and 2007.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced the first week of June.
The Capital One Academic All-District team is part of the Capital One Academic All-America program, which annually honors 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 his current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.