Baylor soccer student-athletes Dana Larsen and Bethany Johnston were each named Capitol One Academic All-Americans, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. Larsen earned second-team honors, while Johnston was named to the third-team.
The duo became the program's first Academic All-Americans since 2002 and mark the first time more than one soccer student-athlete earned the recognition. Larsen's second-team honor is the highest in program history, as Whitney Barrett was named to the third-team in 2002 and Dawn Greathouse picked up third-team honors in 1999.
"I am so proud of these two outstanding young ladies," head coach Marci Jobson said. "They define what it is to be a student-athlete, performing both in the classroom and on the field. They take both very seriously and it shows."
Larsen, named for the first time in her career, is a two-time Academic All-District and All-Big 12 first-team member who holds a 4.0 GPA in Biochemistry. The junior forward led the Bears in goals (11) and points (24) while finishing tied for third and seventh in the Big 12, respectively.
Johnston, named for the first time in her career, also has a perfect 4.0 GPA in biochemistry. The senior midfielder appeared in all 22 games, adding a pair of assists. She was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 member and two-time Academic All-District winner.
Baylor, which was the only conference school with more than one member, wrapped up the season 15-4-3 with its most wins since 1998 and won its first NCAA Tournament game in program history.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.