May 18, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama put two student-athletes – gymnast Lauren Beers and tennis player Emily Zabor – on the 2015 Women’s Capital One Academic All-District IV Team selected by College Sports Information Directors of America.
Both women advance to the national ballot for the 2015 Academic All-America At-Large Team. Beers and Zabor have earned two NCAA Elite 89 Award honors each and have both earned All-America honors within their respective sports.
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 is now a two-time member of the All-District IV team and a second-team Academic All-America 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, has posted more than 100 wins during her Crimson Tide career. The 2015 SEC Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year, she 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.
Over the last three years, Alabama has put a phenomenal nine women on the district at-large team, including a record four last season.
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.