June 6, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior Katie Yamamura was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large second team for the second straight year, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. A total of 15 student-athletes made each of the first, second and third teams for each gender.
The At-Large category encompasses the top scholar-athletes from fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
The Academic All-America acclaim continues a string of 2013 scholastic awards for the Gunn High School (Palo Alto, Calif.) alumna. She previously earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic and Capital One Academic All-District VIII acclaim, plus an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award this spring. Yamamura entered the current quarter with a 3.93 grade-point average in neurobiology, physiology & behavior.
In competition, Yamamura capped perhaps the finest career in program history. She qualified for the NCAA region championship as an all-arounder for the third time, won her second MPSF Gymnast of the Year nod and claimed All-MPSF honors in all five categories for the second consecutive season. Yamamura also scored 39 or better in the all-around on four occasions, including the school-record 39.325 twice.
To be nominated for CoSIDA's awards program, a student-athlete must be a starter or "important reserve" with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better. Furthermore, he/she must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests, must have attended his/her current institution for a full calendar year and must have reached sophomore or later academic standing.
Yamamura and Aggie soccer player Mustafa Chopan both won Academic All-America status in each of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.
Army lacrosse player Brendan Buckley and Florida swimmer Elizabeth Beisel garnered Academic All-America of the Year distinction.