MEGAN BUJA NAMED FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
June 6, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - The 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® men's and women's at-large teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), were released today and among them was Hawk Megan Buja who becomes just the second student-athlete from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) to ever earn the award.
The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men. Each team names 15 members.
The 15 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I At-Large women's first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.82. Four student-athletes, Buja (Rockford, Ill.), Jacob, Kaufman and Meadow, have perfect 4.00 G.P.A's.
A native of Rockford, Ill., Buja is a junior human ecology major with a perfect grade point average. A starter and four-time National Champion on the women's bowling team, Buja posted a total pinfall of 11,920 and had a 198.67 average with a 266 high team game in 2012-2013. She was the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner. A two-time All-MEAC selection and MEAC All-Academic honoree, she was named the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Star of Tomorrow and was the 2012 and 2013 UMES Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Buja is just the second UMES student-athlete to ever earn the honor of Academic All-America, a term only used by CoSIDA. Her coach and former teammate, Kristina Frahm was the first from UMES. Of all of the University Division (NCAA DI, DII & DIII) athletes named to first, second or third teams, Buja was the only bowler on the list. In fact, she is the only the second bowler, including Frahm, to ever make a first or second team. Lisa Friscioni of Faireligh Dickinson was a third-team nod in 2006.
Joining Buja on the Capital One Academic All-America® women's at-large first team are three golfers, three swimmers, two ice hockey players, a gymnast, a skier, a lacrosse player, a tennis player, a crew team member and a water polo standout. One of those swimmers, Elizabeth Biesel a junior from the University of Florida was the winner of the All-America of the Year award. Her counterpart for the men was senior Brendan Buckley, a lacrosse star for the United State Military Academy.
Golfers Amy Anderson of North Dakota State University, Kim Kaufman of Texas Tech University and Stephanie Meadow of the University of Alabama were named to the first team while swimmers Kelsey Floyd of the University of Tennessee and Lauren Gustafson of Purdue University join Beisel on the first team. Ice hockey players Jocelyne Lamoureux of the University of North Dakota and Noora Räty of the University of Minnesota were also honored, along with water polo standout Flora Bolonyai of the University of Southern California, rower Sarah Cowburn of the University of Virginia, lacrosse player Jasmine DePompeo of the U.S. Naval Academy, skier Anja Gruber from the University of Vermont, gymnast Kim Jacob of the University of Alabama and tennis player Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State University.
Six of the 15 players on the first team are repeat performers from 2012. Anderson and Beisel were named to the first team last year, while Floyd and Lamoureux were part of the second team. DePompeo and Kaufman were third-team honorees in 2012.
About Capital One
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All-America® Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
About the Academic All-America® Program
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.