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HSU's Kessler named Athlete of the Year; two others honored

HSU soccer star wins Athlete of the Year

ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons’ women’s soccer team had a special year on the pitch and now they are picking up honors for their work in the classroom. 

Junior Kenne Kessler was named the 2017 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® Athlete of the Year and Josey Meyer and Kirsten Parrish joined Kessler as first-team Academic All-Americans as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. 

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is one of the flagship programs of the organization and the program is run by the sports communication professionals from around the nation. Each player is nominated by their local communications director and are split into districts around the nation. Those nominees are voted into all-district teams and the first-team selections go onto the ballot for All-American. 

The ballot for All-American is then voted on by the SIDs around the country and it is based on both athletic and academic performance. It is a significant honor to be named to the Academic All-American team.   

The 33 women on the Division III Academic All-America® team have an average GPA of 3.94 with 13 at 4.0 or above. The first team average GPA is 3.99.

Kessler is the second straight HSU player to win the prestigious honor of Athlete of the Year, joining Kami Jones last year. It is the first time in the history of the women’s soccer Academic All-America program that one school has different players win the national athlete of the year in back-to-back years. 

Kessler, a junior forward, led the nation in scoring with 37 goals and she also added 10 assists as the Cowgirls went 23-1 on the year and advanced to the Final Four. She was named the American Southwest Conference player of the year and was named first-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches. She is a 4.0 student as a biology major. 

Parrish, a senior defender, was named an Academic All-American for the third time. She was a first-team selection each of the past two seasons and was a second-team selection as a sophomore. She has a 3.96 GPA as a biology major. She was named the ASC defensive player of the year and was a first-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches. 

Meyer, a junior midfielder, was named first team. She is also a 4.0 student as a biology/pre-med major. She led the nation with 24 assists this season.    

Only once before in the history of the Academic All-America® program has one school had three first-team All-Americans and that was also Hardin-Simmons in 2013 with Caitlin and Courtney Cramer and Devon Howard.  

HSU women’s soccer also took over the lead for the most women’s soccer Academic All-Americans in the history of the program. They surpassed Notre Dame with 21 all-time Academic All-Americans.  

The 33 women on the Division III Academic All-America® team have an average GPA of 3.94 with 13 at 4.0 or above. The first team average GPA is 3.99.

FIRST TEAM
Pos.    Name    School    Yr.    GPA    Major
GK    Lily Mueller    MIT    Jr.    4.00    Mechanical Engineering
D    Katherine Campbell (1)     William Smith    Sr.    4.10    Economics
D    Christina Dandar (3)    Kalamazoo    Sr.    3.99    Psychology
D    Kirsten Parrish (1) (#)    Hardin-Simmons    Sr.    3.96    Biology
D    Sydney Wright    Loras    Sr.    3.99    Biological Research
M    Emily Berzolla    MIT    So.    4.00    Mechanical Engineering
M    Josey Meyer    Hardin-Simmons    Jr.    4.00    Biology / Pre-Physical Therapy
M    Sarah Rempe    Mary Hardin-Baylor    Sr.    4.00    Cellular Biology
F    Maddie Fleet (2)    Franklin (Ind.)    Jr.    3.90    Accounting
F    Kenne Kessler    Hardin-Simmons    Jr.    4.00    Biology (Pre-Med)
F    Isabelle Leon (3)    Olivet (MIch.)    Sr.    3.94    Criminal Justice
                    
SECOND TEAM
Pos.    Name    School    Yr.    GPA    Major
GK    Julia Pitino    Trinity (Conn.)    Sr.    4.03    Biology & Neuroscience
D    Lauren Bertucci    Moravian    Sr.    3.99    Business Management
D    Emily Maxwell    Lynchburg    Sr.    3.91    Exercise Physiology
D    Hailey Nichols    MIT    Jr.    3.84    Aerospace Engineering
D    Camille Williams    Carnegie Mellon    So.    4.00    Chemistry
M    Hannah Booher (3)    Trinity (Texas)    Sr.    3.90    Biology
M    Julia Panko    Stevens Institute     So.    4.00    Chemical Engineering
M    Elle Zadina    Case Western Reserve    Sr.    4.00    Computer Science
F    Rachel Bender    Baldwin Wallace    Jr.    3.93    Communication Disorders 
F    Jordan Oberlander    Penn State Behrend    Sr.    3.56    Mechanical Engineering
F    Carson Pokorny    Christopher Newport    So.    4.00    Biochemistry
                    
THIRD TEAM
Pos.    Name    School    Yr.    GPA    Major
GK    Trishae Winters    Grove City    Sr.    3.96    Biology
D    Toni Abate    Johns Hopkins    Jr.    3.90    Chemical & Biomolecular Eng.
D    Whitley Cargile    University of Chicago    Sr.    3.87    Economics
D    Ali Hicks    Rowan    Jr.    3.97    Psychology & Sociology
D    Allison Stubbs    Coe College    Jr.    4.00    Biology / Neuroscience
D    Alex Wessel    Shenandoah    Sr.    3.97    Political Science / Global Studies
M    Melanie Bell    Frostburg State    Sr.    4.00    Law & Society
M    Lauren Kogelmann (2)    William Smith    Sr.    3.94    Economics
M    Jenna McKinney    University of Chicago    Jr.    3.77    Economics
F    Angelica Bertola    DeSales    Sr.    3.76    Psychology & Criminal Justice
F    Katie Goedecke    Mount Union    Sr.    3.90    Mathematics
F    Natalie Graves    Nebraska Wesleyan    Sr.    3.97    Political Science

CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Kenne Kessler, Hardin-Simmons

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2016
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2016
(3) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third team selection in 2016
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2015
 


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