Posted: May 14, 2020
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Saint Mary's senior softball team member Kelsey Keilman was one of only 12 NCAA Division III softball players from Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois to be named to the 2020 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® First Team for District 7.
"I'm honored to be selected for this award," said Keilman. "It means so much to me as a student-athlete to be recognized for both of my passions - school and softball. As a Division III athlete, having the ability to put my full effort into the classroom as well as on the softball field has been so pivotal to my success as an individual."
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Keilman had a .369 career batting average with 139 hits, 91 runs scored, nine doubles, 10 triples, and 39 RBI in three-plus seasons with the Belles. In this spring's shortened season, the senior co-captain was hitting .429 with a .686 slugging percentage and a .535 on-base percentage in the lead-off spot for the softball team. A two-time All-MIAA honoree and three-time MIAA Position Player of the Week, Keilman boasts a .982 career fielding percentage in the outfield. In the classroom, she had better than a 3.8 cumulative grade point average as a nursing major with minors in both Spanish and biology.
She is now the sixth Saint Mary's student-athlete to garner CoSIDA Academic All-District® honors. Keilman joins softball alumnae Ashley Peterson '10 and Makenzie Duncan '18, volleyball alumnae Leah Buck '18 and Audrey Shannon '19, and tennis alumna Elizabeth Preister '19 as honorees.
Keilman is now eligible to be voted on for Academic All-America® consideration.
A student-athlete's performances both in the classroom and in the competitive arena are taken into account for consideration for the honor. To be eligible for Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 (on 4.00 scale), have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America program in 1952, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors.