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Oklahoma State’s Lopez, Baylor Duo Earn Academic All-America Honors
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Oklahoma State forward Krista Lopez headlines a group of three Big 12 soccer student-athletes honored on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Lopez was the recipient of the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award, while earning first team honors for a second straight season. Joining the Cowgirl senior on the squad were two Baylor players - Dana Larsen (second team) and Bethany Johnson (third team).

Lopez becomes the 19th Big 12 student-athlete to be recognized with a sport All-America of the Year award and just the third OSU student-athlete to receive the honor, joining Lisa Harvey (1989, softball) and Zack Robinson (2006, men's golf). Since the Big 12 was founded in 1996, more than 500 student-athletes have been selected to Academic All-America teams.

In 2011, Lopez helped lead Oklahoma State to the NCAA Elite Eight, the Big 12 regular season championship and a program-best 22-2-2 record. The Carrollton, Texas-native was honored for the second straight season as an All-Big 12 First Team selection. Lopez is double majoring in management and accounting and owns a cumulative 4.00 grade point average.

Larsen and Johnston guided Baylor to its first NCAA tournament berth since 1999 and the first NCAA victory in program history. The BU pair are biochemistry majors with matching 4.0 GPAs.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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.

Academic All-America First Team (Big 12 student-athletes only)
F Krista Lopez, Oklahoma State, Sr., Carrollton, Texas, 4.00, Management, Accounting

Academic All-America Second Team (Big 12 student-athletes only)
F Dana Larsen, Baylor, Jr., Mequon, Wis., 4.00, Biochemistry

Academic All-America Third Team (Big 12 student-athletes only)
M Bethany Johnston, Baylor, Sr., McKinney, Texas, 4.00, Biochemistry

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