July 31, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -
University of Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob was named the 2013-14 Capital One Division I Academic All-America of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced Thursday.
"Just to be a member of the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large team was such a tremendous honor, but to be named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year is beyond anything I could have imagined," said Jacob. "I am deeply humbled by this prestigious award and want to thank Capital One and the members of CoSIDA for finding me worthy of it. This honor would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of my coaches, teammates and the staff of the University of Alabama Center for Academic Student Services."
Jacob is the third consecutive Alabama student-athlete to be named as the Capital One Division I Academic All-America of the Year. Football's Barrett Jones was selected in 2013 while women's golfer Brooke Pancake earned the award in 2012.
"We are extremely proud of Kim and everything that she has accomplished throughout her amazing Crimson Tide career," said Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle. "To be named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year is an incredible honor that speaks to the hard work and dedication that she exhibited as both a student and an athlete.
"This is the third year in a row that a University of Alabama student-athlete has earned this accolade, which represents the best of the best among all NCAA Division I athletes when it comes to combining academic and athletic achievement," Battle added. "That kind of sustained excellence is a tribute to the department-wide emphasis that we put on our mission to educate and prepare our student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in life after graduation."
Already named the College Woman Athlete of the Year by virtue of winning the 2014 Honda Cup, the Raleigh, North Carolina, native, has now been named the top student in all of NCAA Division I, regardless of sport or gender. The two-time Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large first-team selection carries a 4.00 G.P.A. while pursuing her bachelor's degree in exercise science. Jacob was one of a school-record 13 Alabama student-athletes to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors during the 2013-14 academic year.
"I am incredibly excited that Kim has been honored by Capital One and CoSIDA as the Academic All-America of the Year," said UA head gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson. "To me, she epitomizes what this award is all about - balancing everything it takes to be a champion in the classroom and in the gym. Through this amazing season, she has been a national champion and All-American as well as an NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarship winner and now she is being recognized as the top scholar-athlete among all NCAA Division I athletes."
During her career in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, she captured 36 individual titles and helped the Crimson Tide win back-to-back NCAA titles in 2011 and 2012 and post top-four national finishes all four years of her career. An 11-time All-American during her illustrious career, Jacob earned four first-team honors - the most in the nation - in 2014.
The 2014 NCAA All-Around Champion, Jacob established career-best scores on all four apparatus- vault (9.925), uneven bars (9.925), balance beam (9.95) and floor exercise (9.95) - and in the all-around (39.625) this past season.