McLEAN, Va. — New Jersey City University women’s soccer senior striker Julia Caseres (Union) has been honored on the national stage for excellence in academics and athletics. Caseres, who last month was named a 2011 Capital One Academic All-District® II Division III Women’s Soccer First Team selection, has become just the second women’s soccer player in school history to be voted to the prestigious Academic All-America® team and this week was named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Women’s Soccer Third Team.
Caseres a Criminal Justice major with a 3.58 grade point average, was one of only two players from the New Jersey Athletic Conference to earn Academic All-America® this season. She joins current assistant coach Katie Feehan Veloz as the only Gothic Knights to ever earn Academic All-America® honors; Feehan was a Third-Team selection in 2005 and 2006 before claiming First-Team accolades in 2007.
The 2011 All-America® ballot consisted of only those players who previously were voted First-Team Academic All-District® selections from the nation’s eight regions. To first be nominated for All-District, student-athletes must be a starter and significant contributor of at least sophomore academic status, with a minimum GPA of 3.30. All nominations and voting are conducted by membership of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
“It’s an honor to achieve this award,” said Caseres. “It’s always great to achieve an academic award through athletics. It shows that with hard work and determination you can excel on and off the field. To know that I was competing against other student-athletes at some of the top academic schools in the country makes it even more special.”
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