May 18, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
A trio of Alabama student-athletes were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District IV Women's At-Large First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America it was announced this week. Junior gymnast Kim Jacob, junior golfer Stephanie Meadow and senior tennis player Antonia Foehse earned first-team honors and are now on the Academic All-America ballot.
Schools are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada with the district winners advancing to the national ballot. Each school is limited to three student-athletes on the district ballot. Alabama is one of just five schools in the nation to have all of its nominees earn All-District honors and have a chance to earn Academic All-America honors.
"We're very excited to have all three of our nominees advance to the Academic All-America ballot," UA Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. "Kim, Stephanie and Antonia all work extremely hard to excel both academically and athletically. They are tremendous ambassadors for the University of Alabama and we are very proud of all they have accomplished."
The Tide has been extremely prolific in women's all-district honors, earning 10 over the last four years alone. Jacob and Meadow both carry perfect 4.0 GPAs for their career while Foehse carries a 3.98.
The 2013 Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Foehse helped lead the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Championship round of 16, clinching a team-best six matches in 2013. A two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she earned Second Team All-SEC honors and also earned the ITA Southern Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship this season. The Waldbroel, Germany, native is a member of the Emerging Tide Leaders program. She is also captain of this year's squad and was nationally ranked in doubles while carrying a 3.98 career grade point average in psychology.
A member of the Tide's 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championship gymnastics team, Jacob is a seven-time All-American who has twice been named the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She earned the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point at each of the NCAA's national championships and led the Tide to its third top-three finish in as many years this season. A two-year Scholastic All-American, Jacob is the 2013 NCAA Regional Uneven Bars and Balance Beam Champion and captain of the 2013 squad. A native of Raleigh, N.C., she carries a 4.0 career GPA in exercise science.
Meadow leads the nation in scoring average going into this year's national championships where she and the rest of the Tide are looking to win back-to-back national titles after securing Alabama's first last season. The 2013 SEC Women's Golf Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Meadow is a three-time All-America and All-SEC selection. She holds school record with seven career tournament wins, including the 2013 SEC and NCAA Regional Championship and the 2011 NCAA East Regional championship. A two-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar, she is also a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, native carries a 4.0 GPA for her career in accounting.