Towson, Md. – A pair of Mid-American Conference student-athletes picked up national recognition for their efforts off the field, as Kent State’s Jessacca Gironda and Ohio’s Lauren Gellerman were named Capital One Academic All-American’s for Division 1 Softball.
Lauren Gellerman, a 2013 graduate, caught for Ohio this past season and set the single-season homerun record with 26 this past season. The San Diego native earned her degree at Ohio University in Integrated Mathematics with a 3.90 GPA.
Junior Jessacca Gironda currently has accumulated a 3.92 GPA through her first three years at Kent State, as she is on her way to a Business Management degree. Gironda, who was primarily a designated player, batted .274 and had six stolen bases in 2013.
Both are first time honorees on Academic All-American teams.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
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.