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McConnell named to Capital One Academic All-District Team

May 2, 2014

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

Stephens College student-athlete Jessica McConnell has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District® Softball Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
McConnell was one of 48 athletes named to the College Division Academic All-District® Teams, which is comprised of NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

As a first-team honoree for District 3, McConnell will be placed on the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

She is the first Stephens student-athlete to garner Academic All-District honors since the softball trio of Ashton Mixer, Emily Park and Andie Young in 2012.

A four-year starter for the Stars’ softball program, McConnell made an impressive 144 career starts in 144 appearances. She finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage.

As a multi-sport athlete, McConnell has racked up several awards in her time at Stephens. She is a four-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, seven-time AMC Academic All-Conference honoree and earned 2010 AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention.

This season, she ranked among leaders in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) in several categories and ranked in the top 50 nationally (NAIA) in triples and assists/game.

At Stephens, McConnell, an Edwardsville, Ill. native, has already received her bachelor’s degree in business & marketing and will soon have her Master of Business Administration later this May. 

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