Alabama trio earns Academic All-District at-large team honors

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - - A trio of Alabama student-athletes were named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, which was announced this week.

"This is a very prestigious honor, one that includes a wide variety of sports and as such, is hard to attain," assistant athletics director for student services Jon Dever said. We are very proud of Kayla, Brooke and Courtney and look forward to seeing how they fair on the national ballot."

Alabama was one of only two schools among the eight districts to have all three of its nominees earn first team honors. Senior gymnast Kayla Hoffman along with junior golfer Brooke Pancake and junior tennis player Courtney McLane all earned first-team honors and are now on the Academic All-American ballot.

All NCAA Division I schools are divided up into eight districts across the United States and Canada. Each school is limited to three nominees for the at-large team, which includes student-athletes from 13 sports, including bowling, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

Hoffman, captain of Alabama's 2011 NCAA, NCAA Regional and SEC Championship teams and a five-time All-American, carries a 4.0 grade point average in human development and family studies. The 2011 Honda Award winner, which denotes the national collegiate gymnast of the year, and Union, N.J. native has also earned both and SEC and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

Pancake, a member of the Tide's third ranked golf team, earned the 2010 NCAA Elite 88 Award, given annually to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at each NCAA championship. An All-American, the Chattanooga, Tenn., native is a two-time SEC Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a two-time All-SEC golfer. She carries a 4.0 GPA while majoring in marketing.

McLane, the Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned her undergraduate degree in management in three years while boasting a 4.0 GPA. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native was twice, named to the All-SEC Second Team. She and doubles partner, Alexa Guarachi will take part in their second consecutive NCAA Doubles Championships, which begins next week.

The Tide's trio of women's at-large team honorees joins swimmers Daniel Armstrong and Kyle Weeks and diver Adam Booher who all earned a place on the men's at-large district team as well as Kayla Braud, Cassie Reilly-Boccia and Jackey Branham who earned all-district honors for softball and Brett Whitaker, who earned all-district honors for baseball. Brooke Rogers was named to soccer's all-district team while Greg McElroy and Barrett Jones were named first-team Academic All-Americans in the fall.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics