Three student-athletes from the Big 12 have been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America ® Division I At-Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). These teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Texas Tech golfer Kim Kaufman and Kansas State tennis standout Petra Niedermayerova are both first team selections while Oklahoma gymanast Rebecca Clark was named to the third team.
Honored as a second team All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) in 2013, Kaufman is a senior political science major at Texas Tech with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. She is the first two-time All-American in Texas Tech women’s golf history. She was named honorable mention All-America by the NGCA and Golfweek Magazine as a junior, and she averaged 72.3 strokes per round as a senior, recording seven top-five finishes in 12 events played with one tournament victory. Kaufman, who ended the year ranked 22nd in the nation by Golfweek, earned All-Big 12 honors in 2012 and 2013 and was named the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Clark, S.D.-native was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Ranked No. 15 in singles and No. 26 in doubles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) at K-State, Niedermayerova is a junior majoring in economics with a 3.96 G.P.A. She posted a 32-10 singles record and a 27-12 mark in doubles. Niedermayerova reached the Round of 16 for the second straight season at the NCAA Singles Championships and also advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championships. The two-time ITA All-American was the 2011 and 2013 ITA Central Region Player to Watch. A native of Brno, Czech Republic, she was the 2013 Big 12 No. 1 doubles champion and set Kansas State records for singles wins in a season (32), doubles wins in a season (27) and career singles wins (80). She is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
An accounting major at OU, Clark was also an Academic All-Big 12 selection this season. She was the NCAA Norman Regional co-champion on bars and the Big 12 co-champion on beam. The Blue Springs, Mo.-native became the fourth gymnast in program history to be named an Academic All-American.
While the Big 12 does not sponsor Rifle, WVU also had two student-athletes from the sport selected to the academic teams--senior Petra Zublasing (second team) and junior Thomas Kyanko (third team).
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 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.