AMERICUS – Mollie McGowan, a junior on the Georgia Southwestern women's tennis team, has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District III At-Large Team.
McGowan has compiled a 3.95 grade point average as an exercise science major. A first-team selection, she now becomes eligible to earn Academic All-American honors, with voting to be done in the near future.
McGowan played No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles this spring for the 8-13 Lady Hurricanes. The Americus native finished with a 5-14 singles record and a 6-14 doubles mark while helping the squad earn its most Peach Belt Conference wins in a season. A two-sport athlete, she was named to the 2011 PBC All-Academic Women's Cross Country First Team in the fall.
In addition, McGowan was named the 2011-12 GSW Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and she recently earned induction into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. She is a two-time PBC All-Academic women's tennis award winner and is on pace to be named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll for a second-consecutive year.
McGowan becomes the first GSW female student-athlete to earn Academic All-District honors in the department's NCAA era (since 2006).
Student-athletes are nominated for Capital One Academic All-District consideration by current College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members. Voting for Academic All-District is done by current CoSIDA members in players' respective districts. Those who obtain All-District status move onto the national All-Academic ballot; these national awards are voted upon by Academic All-America Committee members and current CoSIDA Board of Directors.
District 3 Winners
NCAA Division II School Yr. Hometown GPA __ Major
Maria Besio NEWBERRY COLLEGE (SC) Sr. Buenos Aires, Argentina 3.95 Business Administration
Kelli Ferguson WINGATE UNIVERSITY Jr. Concord, N.C. 3.83 Chemistry
Valerie Dembny WINGATE UNIVERSITY So. Bremen, Germany 3.94 Elementary Education
Patricia Guedes MOUNT OLIVE COLLEGE Sr. Sao Paulo, Brazil 3.83 Environmental Science
Julia Daneshfar NEWBERRY COLLEGE (SC) Jr. Trophy Club, Texas 3.94 Political Science
Mona Blauen FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY Jr. Cologne, Germany 3.71 Management
May Johnson GEORGIA COLLEGE Jr. Sydney, Australia 3.86 Art
Lindsey Taylor WINGATE UNIVERSITY So. Charlotte, N.C. 3.87 Elementary Education
Mollie McGowan GA. SOUTHWESTERN ST. UNIV. Jr. Americus, Ga. 3.95 Exercise Science
Sofia Lopez Mimendi LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIV. Sr. Mexico City, Mexico 3.73 Business Administration
Jillian Corum TUSCULUM COLLEGE Jr. Knoxville, Tenn. 3.63 Business Administration
Melanie Manis CARSON-NEWMAN COLLEGE Jr. Louisville, Tenn. 3.78 Biology