Three Big 12 student-athletes landed on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I At-Large Teams the association announced on Thursday. Texas swimmer Cory Bowersox was named to the third team, while Longhorn tennis player Breaunna Addison, along with Oklahoma rower Marissa Beene were named to the second and third teams, respectively.
The at-large teams for the Academic All-America program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo for both men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, crew and field hockey for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Exactly two-thirds (30) of the 45 student-athletes on the 2016 Academic All-America® Division I Men’s At-Large Team earned at least a 3.90 G.P.A., with 13 compiling a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. The 15 members of the first-team had an average G.P.A. of 3.86. On the women’s side, nearly 75 percent (34) of the 46 members of the 2016 Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large Team posted at least a 3.90 G.P.A., including a staggering 26 student-athletes with spotless 4.0 G.P.A. The 15 members of the first-team registered an average G.P.A. of 3.95, with more than half (eight) logging a 4.0 G.P.A.
Longhorn senior swimmer Bowersox is a rare three-time Academic All-America student-athlete represented on the team. Bowersox appeared on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® First Team for the second year in a row after garnering third-team accolades in 2014.
With a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. Sooner rower Marissa Beene notched a slot on the second team, marking the first time the computer science major was named to the team. Likewise, Breaunna Addison posted a spot on the third team with a 3.31 G.P.A. The Boca Raton, Florida native is a first time honoree, posting a degree in sports management.