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Champion Named Academic All-American
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/31/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona senior outfielder Autumn Champion was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team on Wednesday.

 

The elementary education major from Tustin, Calif., is on pace to graduate in the spring of 2007.  Champion, who boasts a 3.41 cumulative grade point average, has started in left field for the last four years for Arizona, and has earned numerous honors for her on-field accomplishments in each year of her collegiate career.

 

Already named to the All-Pac-10 and Academic All-District VIII teams, Champion is a two-time All-American who currently ranks fourth all-time for batting average, sixth for hits and 10th in runs scored in a career at UA.

 

This week, Champion will look to cement the final piece of hardware that has eluded her; a national championship.  The Wildcats open play at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City on Thursday at 10 a.m. (MST) against Oregon State.

 

This is Champion’s third trip to the WCWS in four years, and if last week’s performance is any indication, she will be a key cog in Arizona’s quest for a seventh national championship.  In Arizona’s three super regional games against LSU, she went 9-for-11 (.818) at the plate, with seven runs scored.

 

Hitting .411 on the season, Champion has hit at an astounding .500 (27-for-54) clip over the last 16 games, in which UA has gone 15-1.

 

Champion is on track to earn her degree in elementary education in May 2007 and plans to pursue a career in teaching.

 

With this honor, Champion joins Leah O’Brien, Jenny Dalton, Nancy Evans and Wendy Allen as the only other Wildcats to bring Academic All-America honors to Tucson.  O’Brien was a three-time honoree, while Dalton was cited twice.

 

FIRST TEAM

 

University Division

 

Catcher

Ashley Smith

SOUTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF

III

Sr.

Portage, Mich.

4.0

Civil Engineering

Infield

Lindsay Schutzler

TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF (Women's Athletics)

IV

Jr.

Monterey, Calif.

3.86

Psychology

Infield

Stephanie Hill

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

VI

Sr.

Harahan, La.

3.89

Political Science and Finance (Double Major)

Infield

Elana Meyers

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

II

Jr.

Douglasville, Ga.

3.93

Exercise Science; B.S. in ExSc awarded in Dec. 2005, currently enrolled in M.S. in ExSc

Infield

Andrea Duran

CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF AT LOS ANGELES (UCLA)

VIII

Sr.

Selma, Calif.

3.50

Sociology

Outfield

Natasha Jacob

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

III

Sr.

Coppell, Texas

3.87

Exercise Science

Outfield

Lizzy Aumua

NEBRASKA, UNIVERSITY OF

VII

Sr.

Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

3.88

Sociology

Outfield

Caitlin White

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

II

Sr.

Lincoln University, Pa.

3.96

Biology

Pitcher

Kasi Carroll

GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF

III

Jr.

Norris City, Ill.

3.83

Early Childhood Education

Pitcher

Grace Luginbuhl

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

IV

Sr.

Lima, Ohio

3.72

Chemical Engineering

Utility / DH

Meagen Johnson

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

III

Sr.

Georgetown, S.C.

3.86

history


College Division

 

 

 

 

 

Catcher

Kristy Kehoss

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE

I

Sr.

Cheshire, CT

3.86

History

Infield

Cari Kinzenbaw

WARTBURG COLLEGE

VII

Sr.

Ladora, IA

4.00

Engineering Science

Infield

Tracy Jordan

EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY

VI

Sr.

Rosamond, Calif.

4.00

Community Physical Education

Infield

Alana Frost

WILLIAMS COLLEGE

I

Sr.

Oakland, CA

3.75

Biology

Infield

Gretchen Ruecker

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY

VIII

Sr.

Hillsboro, Ore.<

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