(Courtesy of San Diego Media Relations, BYU Media Relations and CoSida Release)
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Two West Coast Conference student athletes were recently named to Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team. University of San Diego Danielle Mavridis and Brigham Young University Lacey Hofsted were the only two honorees from the league to be honored by the association as top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
The Academic All-District ® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the fourth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America ® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
Mavridis a junior for the Toreros holds a 3.91 GPA as a mechanical engineering major, the highest of the 12 District Eight honorees. The junior appeared in all 52 games San Diego, making 51 starts. She hit .246 with three home runs and 17 RBI. She was second on the team in walks and third in runs scored and on-base percentage. Recently, the West Covina, Calif., native earned her second WCC All-Academic selection that was announced May 8.
Hofstedt, a Folsom, California native, is one of 12 players to earn the honor, achieving a 3.41 GPA while pursuing post baccalaureate studies after graduating with her degree in exercise science. As the lone senior starter for the Cougars, she has recorded a career-high .439 batting average for the 40th best in the nation while also hitting .514 in West Coast Conference play. The senior outfielder has also contributed with career highs in runs batted in (14) and runs scored (34) in addition to hits (61). She holds the BYU career record for stolen bases with 77 and the single-season record with 25.
First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
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 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.