July 17, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team placed all five of its 2012 freshman class on the First-Year Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, which was announced by league commissioner Mike Slive this week.
The five players, Katie Bourgeois, Abby Lutzenkirchen, Emily Rusk, Kaylee Semelsberger and Merel Van Dongen, helped make up the 87 UA student-athletes on the annual list.
The SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2012-13 academic calendar year. To earn a place on the honor roll a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution, be on scholarship or a letter winner, have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution and have been a member of the varsity team for the sport's entire NCAA championship segment.
In addition to the soccer rookies being recognized, eight veteran players were named to the 2013 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll last January, which included Molly Atherton, Kylee Brown, Sophie Campise, Meghan Duffy, Kendall Khanna, Megan Petersen, Laura Lee Smith and Katie Woolbright.
Combined, 13 members of this year's soccer team who were honored for their work in the classroom during the 2012-13 school year. As a result, Alabama garnered national recognition as the Tide earned a spot on the College Team Academic Award list by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). It marked an unprecedented fourth straight season that the Crimson Tide has earned the recognition.