Record Nine Lady Hurricanes named to PBC Team of Academic Distinction

Published 2:21 pm Friday, January 19, 2024

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AMERICUS – The Peach Belt Conference recently released its 2023 Women’s Soccer Team of Academic Distinction, presented by Barnes & Noble College. Georgia Southwestern had nine student-athletes earn the recognition which ties a department record for the most recipients on a team since joining the league in 2006.

Senior Geraldine Alvarez, sophomore Lucia Bustamante, junior Krystal Elie, sophomore Sarah Freddolino, junior Grace Grech, junior Sophia Kotopka, junior Zyandra Thomas, sophomore Marina Thompson and sophomore Karsen Winget were all named to the award.

The team is a part of the Peach Belt’s larger initiative to celebrate the academic achievements of PBC student-athletes and is modeled on the CSC Academic All-America program.

To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.

Thompson led the Lady Hurricanes with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.