Aurora's Walker Named to CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic All-America® Softball Team

Aurora senior Elaine Walker has been named to the 2019 CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic All-America® Softball Team for NCAA Division III.
Aurora senior Elaine Walker has been named to the 2019 CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic All-America® Softball Team for NCAA Division III.

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

FIRST TEAM          
Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
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
SECOND TEAM          
Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
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
THIRD TEAM          
Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
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 Kaitlyn Berghela MCLA Sr. 4.00 Biology
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