AUSTIN, Texas — The list of postseason accolades continues to grow for Texas soccer as 14 of the program's student-athletes were tabbed to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 teams, league officials announced Tuesday.
The Longhorns' 10 first-team honorees included senior Emilie Campbell (radio-television-film), junior Julia Dyche (finance), senior Brinkley Field (public relations), redshirt freshman Mikayla Flores (interested in psychology), junior Isabelle Kerr (finance), senior Lindsey Meyer (public relations), senior Ali Schmalz (psychology), senior Sydney Shutter (computer science), senior Abby Smith (physical culture & sports with a minor in communication) and senior Aaron Strawser (biochemistry). Sophomore Olivia Brook (advertising), junior Jasmine Hart (physical culture & sports) and seniors Chantale Campbell (applied learning & development) and Kelsey Shimmick (corporate communication) represented UT as part of the second team.
For Smith, Meyer and Schmalz, the league academic award marked their third consecutive inclusion. Emilie Campbell, Chantale Campbell, Kerr, Shutter, Hart, Shimmick, Dyche and Strawser all earned their second career Academic All-Big 12 plaudits.
Oklahoma State led all schools with 16 honorees, including 15 first-team selections. Texas ranked second with 14 overall nods, followed by TCU and Texas Tech with 10 each.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the soccer academic all-league squad consisted of 85 first-team and 19 second-team members. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a GPA between 3.00 and 3.19.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain GPA of a 3.0 or higher, either cumulatively or the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.