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Cecil Named to Academic All-District Team
Friday, May 13, 2005
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University softball player Ashley Cecil (Sr., Naples, Fla.) was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District III College Division team as chosen by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) on Friday. A second-team honoree, the senior center fielder compiled a 3.43 cumulative grade point average in human performance. Cecil, who was named first team All-South region by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association, led coach Dave Deiros’ squad in six offensive categories this season, including batting average (.408), on-base percentage (.493), runs (57), hits (73), walks (27) and stolen bases (66). The Eagles speedster led all NCAA Division II players in stolen bases this season, including tying a NCAA Division II single-game record with six steals in a game. She was the first player in 11 seasons to equal the mark. FGCU finished the season with a 38-18 record. Members of the first team advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. College Division District III consists of all NCAA Division II and Division III universities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 grade point cumulative grade point average and a starter of significant reserve on the team. The members of the first time include pitchers Katie Heintz (Saint Leo) and Kayce McLeod (Newberry), catchers Allison Bouknight (Emory) and Janette Rodriguez (Nova Southeastern), infielders Stephanie Huber (Florida Southern), Christy Mays (Lynchburg), Sarah Morse (Emory) and Katie Phelps (Catawba), designated hitter Malle Keeney (Barry) and outfielders Frances Constantino (Greensboro), Danielle DiFranco (Lynchburg) and Mary Nicol (Emory). The members of the second team include outfielders Amber Gaines (Francis Marion), Jennifer Hunt (Kennesaw State) and Cecil, infielders Sarah Areheart (Savannah Art & Design), Carey Baumgardner (Wingate), Sarah Carlton (Wingate) and Sarah Harvey (South Carolina-Aiken), pitchers Megan Brown (Florida Southern) and Jen Overstreet (Lynchburg). Cecil is the first FGCU athlete to be honored with this award. She is one of just two players selected to both the NFCA All-Region team and the Academic All-District first or second teams. Saint Leo pitcher Katie Heintz was the other player selected for both on-field and classroom excellence. Cecil, who has been accepted into the Physical Therapy graduate program in FGCU’s College of Health Professions, will also work as an assistant coach with the Eagles in 2006.Florida Gulf Coast University softball player Ashley Cecil (Sr., Naples, Fla.) was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District III second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Cecil, who was named first team All-South region by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association, led the Eagles in six offensive categories this season, including batting average (.408), on-base percentage (.493), runs (57), hits (73), walks (27) and stolen bases (66). The Eagles center fielder led all NCAA Division II players in stolen bases this season, including tying a NCAA Division II single-game record with six steals in a game. She was the first player in 11 seasons to equal the mark. FGCU finished the season with a 38-18 record. Named the 2004-05 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year at FGCU, Cecil is the first Eagles athlete to be honored with this award. She is one of just two players selected to both the NFCA All-Region team and the Academic All-District first or second teams. Saint Leo pitcher Katie Heintz was the other player selected for both on-field and classroom excellence. Cecil, who has been accepted into the Physical Therapy graduate program in FGCU’s College of Health Professions, will also work as an assistant coach with the Eagles in 2006.