BOURBONNAIS, Ill –Olivet Nazarene University diver, Vanessa VanOost (SO/Frankfort, Ill.), has been selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. The 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Men's and Women's At-Large Team has been released on Thursday, May 11 to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
VanOost became the Tiger's first diver to capture an individual NAIA National Championship when she captured the 1m title, then became one of only three Tigers to ever win multiple titles in one season when she captured the 3m title. VanOost was instrumental in helping the Tigers to the programs first NAIA National Championship, just the University's second in history. She finished the 2017 season a two-time individual NAIA National Champion, two-time NAIA All-American and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable). In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team's contests are not eligible. Athletes are nominated by their sports information directors.
The district level is voted on by current dues-paying CoSIDA members, with the exception of Undergraduate Student Members and Associate Members. First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, to be voted on by the Academic All-America® Committee, CoSIDA Board of Directors and CoSIDA Staff. From this, a first-, second- and third-team All-America® honorees will be selected later this month.
For more information about the Academic All-District™ and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
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