June 12, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. (Courtesy of CoSIDA.com) -- Senior Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech, a six-time All-American tennis player, and senior Sue Ackerman of Salisbury University, a two-time All-American lacrosse player, head the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Miller and Ackerman have been named as the Academic All-America ® of the Year in the University and College Divisions.
A native of Marysville, Mich., Miller graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in History, Technology and Society and a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Miller, who earned first team Academic All-America ® honors for the third year in a row, earned All-America honors from the ITA six times. She was a four-time All-American as a singles player and two-time selection in doubles. Honored as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2008, she finished her career with a remarkable 151-39 singles record, setting a school record.
The winner of the National ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship in 2008, she helped Georgia Tech win the NCAA tennis championship in 2007.
Miller is one of four scholar-athletes who are repeat selections on the At-Large University Division first team. Junior golfer Amanda Blumenherst of Duke, senior Kate Burdick of the Michigan State crew team and senior golfer Stacy Lewis of Arkansas are also repeat selections.
On the first team, there were six student-athletes who have perfect 4.0 grade point averages. In addition to Miller, senior Vanessa Andrews of the Tulsa crew team, senior swimmer Molly Crispell of Penn State, graduate student Gretchen Kittelberger of the University of Maryland gymnastics team, senior Diana Martinez of the South Carolina-Upstate tennis team and junior swimmer Kelly Zahalka of the Naval Academy have perfect 4.0 G.P.A.'s.
Junior Hilary Bowen of Northwestern's national champion lacrosse team, senior Rachel Dawson of the North Carolina field hockey team, senior swimmer Kara Denby of Auburn, senior swimmer Christina Magnuson of Tennessee, junior golfer Azahara Munoz of Arizona State and senior tennis player Imke Reimers of the University of Nebraska round out the first team.
The 15 members of the University Division At-Large team have an average grade point average of 3.91.
2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans
(ACC Student-Athletes Listed Only)
|*Amanda Blumenherst||Golf||Duke||Jr.||History (3.78)|
|*Rachel Dawson||Field Hockey||North Carolina||Sr.||Business (3.63)|
|*Gretchen Kittelberger||Gymnastics||Maryland||Gr.||Kinesiology (4.00)|
|*Kristi Miller||Tennis||Georgia Tech||Sr.||History, Technology & Society (4.00)|
|%Jessica Botzum||Swimming||Virginia Tech||Sr.||Biology (3.57)|
* - First Team
% - Second Team