FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University softball student-athlete Carmen Paez has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Team, it was announced Thursday (May. 8). Paez was chosen to the second team.
The District III team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. To be nominated, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore, a starter or important reserve, and must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
“Carmen reaffirms the adage that it is never too late to start over again,” said Head Coach Dave Deiros. “She took full advantage of her academic and athletic opportunities, deservedly reaping many successes in the process and opening other doors that were previously off limits. Congratulations, Carmen--we are very proud of you.”
Paez, a senior, was one of four Atlantic Sun Conference student-athletes named to the District III team. She recently graduated with her bachelors degree in criminal justice in April.
On the field, Paez ranked among the NCAA leaders in most offensive categories including homeruns, batting average and RBI. In one season in the A-Sun, she cracked the top 10 in the record books in five different categories. For the season, she hit .425 with 22 homers, just four shy of an A-Sun single-season record, 68 RBI, and 76 runs scored. Her 22 home runs ranked third in the NCAA this season, which resulted in several teams pitching around her; she coaxed 84 walks, the fifth most in NCAA history. She had a .928 slugging percentage and an on base percentage of .638. Paez, one of the most decorated athletes at FGCU, was named A-Sun Player of the Year, earned a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun first team (unanimous selection) and was also among 25 semifinalists for the NFCA Player of the Year award.