CLAREMONT, Calif. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2013 Academic All-District VIII softball team Tuesday and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior infielder Harmony Palmer has been selected to the first team. Palmer is the only player from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to be selected to the Academic All-District team.
The Oceanside, Calif. native is a senior economics and accounting major with a 3.88 cumulative grade point average. Through 43 games, Palmer leads the Athenas and the SCIAC in batting average (.500). She is also tops on the team in hits (64), on-base percentage (.582), slugging percentage (.680) and runs scored (51) to go along with the top fielding percentage on the team.
CMS is 32-11 this season and recently won the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. The Athenas find out Monday, May 6 at 7 a.m. PST where they will be heading for the NCAA Division III West Regional.
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 at least 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 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.