Peterson ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America

Peterson Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America

2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Softball Teams (pdf)

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Ashley Peterson continued to collect national honors as she became the first athlete in Saint Mary's College history to be named to an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® team on Wednesday.

The announcement comes three weeks after the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named Peterson to the Academic All-District V First Team.  The senior was one of just 33 honorees for the 2010 College Division Academic All-America softball team.  Moreover, she was one of just three total student-athletes to be honored as both a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American this spring. 

Peterson was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Second Team after graduating magna cum laude with better than a 3.6 grade point average this May.  A nursing major from Lansing, Illinois, she has been named to the Dean's List and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll on several occasions.  Earlier this spring, she was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Peterson has also been involved in the College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Student Nurses Association, and the Athletic Department where she has been the intramural sports intern.

On the field, Peterson put together one of the most prominent careers in Saint Mary's and MIAA history.  She concluded this season as the team leader in batting average (.516), hits (64), doubles (15), home runs (10), runs batted in (53), total bases (111), slugging percentage (.895), walks (16), and on base percentage (.555).  She is the school record holder for hits in a season, hits in a career, RBIs in a season, RBIs in a career, doubles in a career, home runs in a season, home runs in a career, and career batting average.  Peterson also holds MIAA records for RBIs and home runs in a season as well as extra base hits, total bases, doubles, and RBIs in a career.

Earlier this spring, she was named the Saint Mary's 2010 Outstanding Senior Athlete.  She is a two-time MIAA batting champion and was named the league's Most Valuable Player at the end of the 2010 season.  Peterson has also been a four-time NFCA All-Region honoree and is a two-time NFCA All-American. 

About the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® Process: To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 (on 4.00 scale), have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.  Additionally, a student-athlete must first be named to an All-District First Team before being considered for All-America status.

Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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Nominations and voting for the All-America programs are conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. There is a University Division (Division I programs) and a College Division (DII, DIII, NAIA, NJCAA programs). Only members of the Academic All-America Committee and the CoSIDA Board of Directors vote at the national level to determine the Academic All-America teams.