TUSCALOOSA, AL – Four Alabama student-athletes were voted to the 2009-10 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District At-Large Team, which was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America Thursday.
Senior diver Elizabeth Hughes, senior tennis player Saketh Myneni, senior gymnast Kassi Price and sophomore golfer Hunter Slatton were all voted to the At-Large team. Hughes, Myneni and Price were all named to the first team and will move on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
"This award speaks to the dedication that each has to their sport and academics," assistant athletics director for student services Jon Dever said. "To have one student-athlete earn a spot on the at-large team is quite an accomplishment, but to have four, with three on the first team, is remarkable."
Alabama and Ohio State both led the way with three first-team honorees. Price is a three-time member of the all-district first team, while Hughes and Myneni were both second team all-district honorees last season.
Hughes is making her second appearance on the all-district list after being voted to the second team as a junior. The 2009 Southeastern Conference Platform Champion, Hughes posted a 4.0 grade point average at Alabama in psychology with a minor sociology. A two-time CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, Hughes is also a four-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. A four-year SEC finalist, the Maryville, Tenn. native earned the 2010 Coaches Award and the 2009 Debra Hobart Perseverance, Determination and Spirit Award.
Myneni, who is currently playing in the NCAA Singles Championships, holds a 3.805 grade point average in finance and economics. Most recently, the Andhra Pradesh, India native was named the Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year for the Southern Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In addition, he was First Team All-SEC for second consecutive year and was selected as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's tennis. A finalist for the Paul W. Bryant Award, given annually to the Tide's top scholar-athlete, he was also UA's male nominee for the prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship.
Price, a three-year All-American and a member of Alabama's 2009 SEC Championship team, carries a perfect 4.0 GPA with a double major in advertising and marketing. An NCAA and SEC Postgraduate Scholarship winner, she is a two-time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large Team, earning first team honors in 2009 and second team in 2008. Winner of the inaugural NCAA Elite 88 Award, she is the 2010 Bryant Award winner and the 2010 Austin Cup winner, awarded to the top senior in UA's Culverhouse School of Commerce and Business Administration. The vice president of UA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Price was also named to the SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team.
Slatton, a sophomore golfer from Tuscaloosa, holds a 4.0 grade point average with a major in accounting. He was named to the 2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll and the 2008 SEC Freshmen Honor Roll. Slatton has made the President's List for four semesters and was awarded the 2010 Gladys M. Poe/Tom Canterbury Academic Achievement Award in finance. He earned the Presidential Scholarship and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
The At-Large team consists of 15 different sports, including women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's wrestling.