McGowan Earns Academic All-District Honors

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.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic program, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings.

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