Release courtesy of Aurora University athletics communications
AURORA, Ill. --- The prestigious list of Aurora University Spartans who have been selected as an Academic All-America® by Google Cloud / CoSIDA grew on Tuesday afternoon as AU softball senior Elaine Walker was named a Second-Team Academic All-America. Walker now has the distinction of being named both an athletic and academic All-American in the same season.
Walker, an accounting major finished the 2019 season with a 474 batting average, 14 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 43 runs batted in and 48 runs scored. She added a .750 slugging percentage and .520 on-base percentage while fielding .946. She departs as one of the most decorated Spartan softball players in program history, holding career records for at-bats (619), hits (275), singles (187), doubles (54), runs batted in (163) and batting average (.444).
Her first CoSIDA Academic All-America selection adds to her lengthy career accomplishments at AU. She was a two-time Academic All-District selection from CoSIDA, a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and AU Scholar-Athlete in 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and will be in 2018-2019 when those teams are announced.
Earlier in 2019, she was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second-Team All-American. She was a two-time Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, Walker was the 2016 Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American at catcher, she is a four-time NFCA Great Lakes region All-Region performer and a four-time NACC First-Team All-Conference selection.
The Spartan softball team finished the 2019 season with a 28-16 overall record and were 16-6 in the NACC regular season which was good for a third-place finish overall and in the NACC Tournament.
The CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America teams are selected by CoSIDA member sports information directors based on the student-athletes' academic prowess while being a steady influence on their respective athletic field. To be considered for the honor, the nominated student-athletes are required to maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average throughout their academic career at their respective institution.
2019 Academic All-America® Softball Team – NCAA Division III
|P||Hanna Hull||Virginia Wesleyan University||Jr.||3.57||Mathematics|
|P||Christine LaRochelle||Stevens Institute of Technology||Sr.||4.00||Engineering Mgmt. (UG)/Systems Engineering (G)|
|C||Avery Alberghini||University of New England||Sr.||3.78||Health, Wellness, & Occupational Studies|
|IF||Taylor Arends (#)||Washington University in St. Louis||Sr.||3.96||Psychological & Brain Sciences|
|IF||Shannon Lloyd||Keystone College||Jr.||3.99||Criminal Justice/Psychology|
|IF||Jackie Schneider (^)||Neumann University||Sr.||4.00||Criminal Justice|
|IF||Alyson Shaw (1)||Otterbein University||Sr.||4.00||Early Childhood Education|
|OF||Alexis Boledovic||Baldwin Wallace University||Sr.||3.91||Physical Therapy/Exercise Science|
|OF||Caroline Ratti||Kean University||Sr.||3.87||Physical Education, Health, Teacher Certification|
|OF||Megan Zinn||The University of Scranton||Jr.||3.96||Early Childhood & Primary Education|
|DP||Sarah Von Ahn (2)||MIT||Jr.||3.92||Mathematics/Computer Science|
|P||Ilissa Hamilton||Case Western Reserve University||Jr.||4.00||Biomedical Engineering|
|P||Alyssa Olson||Coe College||Sr.||3.74||Biochemistry|
|C||Abby Menting||University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh||Sr.||3.98||Business Supply Chain Management|
|IF||Jackie Bilotti||Arcadia University||Sr.||3.93||Early Childhood Education/Special Education|
|IF||Rachel Johnson (2)||Washington & Jefferson College||Sr.||3.88||Psychology|
|IF||Elaine Walker||Aurora University||Sr.||3.82||Accounting|
|IF||Caraline Wood||Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Sr.||3.51||Mechanical Engineering|
|OF||Kelly Jurden||Texas Lutheran University||So.||4.00||Business & Information Systems|
|OF||Melissa Livermore (3)||University of Texas at Dallas||Sr.||3.84||Healthcare Studies|
|OF||Allison Meyer (2)||George Fox University||Jr.||4.00||Elementary Education|
|DP||Taylor Jordan||Millikin University||Sr.||3.98||Physical Education|
|P||Kierstin Anderson-Glass||Univ. of St. Thomas (Minn.)||Jr.||3.47||Exercise Science|
|P||Emily Oliver||Norwich University||Sr.||3.93||Mechanical Engineering|
|C||Harleigh Kaczegowicz||University of Rochester||Sr.||3.84||Mechanical Engineering|
|C||Paige Mokychic||Keystone College||So.||3.93||Biology|
|IF||Kalli Farmer||Millikin University||Jr.||3.99||Sports Management|
|IF||Aly Freeman||Gustavus Adolphus College||Jr.||4.00||Biology|
|IF||Hannah Neild||Gallaudet University||Sr.||3.98||Education|
|IF||Mariah Uphoff||Bethel University||Jr.||3.96||Relational Communication|
|OF||Dana Del Genio||SUNY Oneonta||Sr.||3.85||Criminal Justice|
|OF||Jennifer Groat||Plattsburgh State||Sr.||3.93||Childhood Education|
|DP||Shay Pinhey||Hope College||Sr.||3.62||Engineering|
Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Shannon Lloyd, Keystone College
(1) – Google Cloud Academic All-America® first-team selection in 2018
(2) – Google Cloud Academic All-America® second-team selection in 2018
(3) – Google Cloud Academic All-America® third-team selection in 2018
(#) – Google Cloud Academic All-America® first-team selection in 2018 and CoSIDA third-team selection in 2017
(^) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third-team selection in 2017