June 13, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
Two University of Alabama student-athletes – gymnast Lauren Beers and tennis player Emily Zabor have earned places on the 2015 Women’s Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America.
It marked the second year in a row that Beers has been named to the at-large team while Zabor is making her first appearance. Both women have also earned two NCAA Elite 89 Award honors each and have earned All-America honors within their respective sports.
“Lauren and Emily are prime examples of why we have been so successful in both the classroom and the athletic arena,” UA Associate Athletics Director for Support Services Jon Dever said. “They are both driven, dedicated young women who have worked extremely hard to be their very best in every aspect of the collegiate experience.”
With these latest two honors, Alabama student-athletes have earned 14 spots on the Academic All-America At-Large team. A Crimson Tide gymnast has earned a place on the women’s at-large team in seven of the last eight years while a tennis player has made the team each of the last five years.
The at-large team spans the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo, bowling, field hockey and rowing.
A six-time All-American, Beers earned first team Academic All-America honors in 2015, after being named to the second team in 2014. The Warren Center, Pa., native is a four-time NCAA regional champion, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average in exercise science. The junior helped lead Alabama to back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015, earning NCAA Elite 89 Award honors at the same time.
Zabor, who earned the NCAA Elite 89 Award in 2013 and 2014, was named second team Academic All-America as a senior after posting more than 100 wins during her Crimson Tide career. The 2015 SEC Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and the 2014 Southern Region ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship & Leadership Award winner.
Zabor graduated Summa Cum Laude in three years as a member of the University Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree marketing while carrying a 4.0 GPA. She is currently pursuing a masters in marketing with a 4.0 GPA. Nationally ranked in both singles & doubles during her Alabama career, the Marietta, Ga., native clinched Alabama’s first SEC team title in 2014.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution.
Alabama has now had nine student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors during the 2014-15 academic year.