CoSIDA Release

Kleckner is a Capital One Third Team Academic All-America selection

Mike Ludwig
June 5, 2012

TOWSON, Md. - St. Olaf senior women's golfer Vanessa Kleckner was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women's At-Large third team on Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Kleckner was one of five golfers on the three Academic All-America At-Large Division III women's teams and one of two from Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) institutions on any of the six men's or women's teams.

Kleckner posted a 3.98 GPA with majors in biology and mathematics and a concentration in biomedical studies. In October, she won the individual title at the MIAC's to lead the Oles to the first team championship in school history. This year, she had five top 20 finishes in the eight events she participated.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) vote on the awards. CoSIDA began this program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Capital One Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americans in 12 sports.

The at-large honor encompasses:
- 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
- Men's and Women's Tennis
- Men's Volleyball
- Men's and Women's Water Polo
- Men's Wrestling

Voting for Academic All-District (First, Second and possible Third Team members are named) is done by current CoSIDA members. Those who obtain First Team All-District status move onto the national Academic All-America ballot.

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