FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas athletes Aurelija Miseviciute, Stacy Lewis and Stephanie Carr were voted to the first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team, the College Sports Information Director’s of America announced today.
It is the first time for Arkansas to place all three of its nominees on the district first team in the extremely tough at-large division.
Miseviciute is the nation’s No. 1-ranked singles player, and recently led the Lady Razorback tennis team to its best team finish at the NCAA Championship Elite Eight. Miseviciute is currently in the second round of the NCAA singles championship in Tulsa. The junior carries a 3.83 GPA with a double-major in international economics and marketing in the university’s Sam M. Walton College of Business.
Lewis is America’s top-ranked female amateur player and ranked No. 2 in the college rankings. The two-time SEC golf champion is currently competing with Lady Razorbacks at the NCAA Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., this week. The defending NCAA champion has a 3.73 GPA, and the senior is also a double-major in finance and accounting in the Walton College.
Carr was a record-setting swimmer for the Lady’Backs who helped Arkansas to its best season record and final NCAA scoring finish in five years. An all-American in the 1,650 this season, the junior has a 3.95 GPA in advertising-public relations at Arkansas.
Voted on by the membership of the CoSIDA, the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team is the longest running program to recognize excellence both in the classroom and on the field of competition.
On the at-large team, each institution may nominate only three athletes per gender. Arkansas has had all three nominees on the district team in the past, but never all on the first-team for the at-large squad.
The first team selections of the eight districts compose the ballot for the national team.
Only one other time have Lady’Backs placed three first-team all-district selections in the same year. In 2002, three Arkansas track athletes, Andreina Byrd, Mary LeJour and Jamie Walker were first-team all-district on the track & field/cross country team. All three went on to academic all-America honors, with Byrd earning the overall academic all-American of the year.
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