posted June 4, 2011

Two Athletes Receive CoSIDA Academic Honors

Two Hope athletes have received All-District academic honors from the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

Distance swimmer Sarah Sohn of Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect HS) and All-American high jumper John Donkersloot of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) become eligible for Academic All-America consideration. Sohn will be a senior in 2011-12 while Donkersloot is a 2011 graduate.

Sohn is being honored in the at-large category while Donkersloot is being recognized for the second consecutive year in track & field.

Earlier this spring senior Suzie Stevenson of Granger, Ind. (Granger HS) was named to the All-District academic team in softball.

Both Sohn and Donkersloot were co-captains of their respective teams. A special education major, Sohn maintained a 3.88 grade point average while Donkersloot, a chemistry major achieved a 3.90 gpa during his college career.

Sohn was a triple champion at the MIAA championship winning the 500-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 1,650-yard freestyle events. This spring Donkersloot achieved NCAA All-America honors for a third consecutive year with a fourth place finish at nationals. He was honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2010.

The Academic All-America program is sponsored by Capital One Financial Corporation. The Academic All-America program has honored thousands of student-athletes since its inception in 1952. It encompasses all sports in which the NCAA conducts championships. There are separate teams selected in football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track and cross-country. For student-athletes in other sports, such as swimming, tennis, golf, hockey, they are eligible for the men’s and women’s at-large programs. The Academic All-District teams (in eight geographic districts) are voted on by the CoSIDA membership at large, with First Team selections advancing to the national Capital One Academic All-America® ballot. At that point, First Team, Second Team and Third Team Academic All-America® performers are chosen by the Academic All-America Committee members and CoSIDA Board of Directors.