2012 All-ACC Academic Softball Team Announced

June 26, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina’s Kelli Wheeler has been recognized as the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced today by the conference office. Wheeler highlights the 2012 All-ACC Academic Softball Team.

A senior majoring in Exercise Sport Science with minors in Chemistry and Business Adminstration, Wheeler was a member of the 2012 All-ACC Second Team and helped lead the Tar Heels to a regular season conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. A native of Marietta, Ga., Wheeler led the ACC in slugging percentage (.618) and total bases (105). Additionally, she ranked in the top ten in batting average (.329), on-base percentage (.457), runs scored (46), hits (56), RBIs (36), home runs (12), and walks (33).

Wheeler was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region Second Team, CoSIDA’s Academic All-District First Team for District 3, and she was recognized as a NFCA Scholar-Athlete. She was also voted to the 2012 ACC All-Tournament Team. This is her third career All-ACC Academic honor.

Boston College’s Irene Delagrammaticas earned her fourth-career conference academic honor. Georgia Tech’s Kate Kuzma, Kelsi Weseman, and Shannon Bear, North Carolina’s Wheeler, Virginia’s Taylor Williams, and Virginia Tech’s Courtney Liddle garnered their third accolade.

Wheeler, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Weseman, the Player of the Year, are joined by Kuzma, Liddle, Boston College’s Nicole D’Argento, and Florida State’s Tiffani Brown as members of the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team and the 2012 All-ACC Team.

All eight ACC schools that sponsor softball are represented on this year's All-ACC Academic Team. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech led with six players, while Boston College and Florida State placed five on the team. Three players were honored from Maryland, North Carolina, and NC State, and two Virginia players were recognized.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

2012 All-ACC Academic Softball Team
Amanda Horowitz @ Boston College So. Accounting
Irene Delagrammaticas % Boston College GS Administrative Studies
Morgan Kidd @ Boston College Sr. Marketing & History
Nicole D'Argento Boston College Jr. Human Development/Math
Victoria Speer @ Boston College So. Communication
Bailey Schinella Florida State Fr. Business
Jessica Nori @ Florida State Jr. Entrepreneurship
Kelly Hensley Florida State So. Exercise Science
Kirstin Austin Florida State Jr. Exercise Science
Tiffani Brown Florida State Jr. Criminology
Alysha Rudnik @ Georgia Tech Fr. Management
Hayley Downs Georgia Tech So. Management
Karly Fullem Georgia Tech Fr. Business Administration
Kate Kuzma # Georgia Tech Sr. Business Administration
Kelsi Weseman # Georgia Tech Sr. Industrial Engineering
Shannon Bear # Georgia Tech Sr. Biochemistry
Kaitlyn Schmeiser Maryland Fr. Art Studio
Nicole Maier Maryland Jr. Kinesiology
Shannon Bustillos Maryland Fr. Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ashley Bone North Carolina So. Exercise and Sport Science
Jordan Scarboro North Carolina So. Exercise and Sport Science
Kelli Wheeler # North Carolina Sr. Exercise and Sport Science
Emily Weiman NC State Fr. Undecided
Kirsten Grant NC State So. Biological Sciences
Morgan Peeler NC State Sr. Sociology
Marcy Bowdren Virginia So. Undeclared
Taylor Williams # Virginia Jr. Media Studies
Betty Rose @ Virginia Tech Jr. Management
Bkaye Smith @ Virginia Tech Jr. Biology
Courtney Liddle # Virginia Tech Jr. Communication
Dani Anderson @ Virginia Tech So. Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Kelsey Mericka Virginia Tech Fr. Engineering
Kylie McGoldrick Virginia Tech Fr. Business
@ denotes two-time honoree
# denotes three-time honoree
% denotes four-time honoree