Kansas City – Transylvania women's golf junior Rachel Fine has been selected to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team for at-large sports, the College Sports Information Director's Association announced on Thursday evening.
Fine, a junior from Lexington, Kentucky (Dunbar HS) was one of 11 female student-athletes selected to the District 2 All-District Team from across nine different NCAA sports. Fine was the lone golfer selected to the All-District Team in District 2, which considers the qualifications of student-athletes from eight different states.
CoSIDA's Academic All-District Teams encompass eight different districts across the country and recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately chooses outstanding student-athletes in four divisions across NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and the NAIA.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award than Rachel," commented Transylvania women's golf head coach Tyrus York. "What she accomplished this season on the course by winning our conference championship, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in a very challenging major is extremely impressive."
Fine earned her first career selection to the Academic-All District team through a combination of high performance on the course and in the classroom. The junior captured medalist honors at last fall's 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships, leading the Pioneers to their program's first consecutive appearances at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships through clinching the conference's automatic bid for the second straight season.
The junior was named the conference's Most Valuable Player after shooting a two-round score of 154 to record the lowest score at the conference championships. Fine carries the second-lowest stroke average on the Pioneers with an 81.53 average.
Fine has won two tournaments this season, also finishing atop the leaderboard at the Earlham Invitational last fall. In total, Fine has recorded five top-3 finishes this year. Through three rounds at the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships, Fine currently leads the Pioneers on the individual leaderboard.
Fine has set the bar for academics among all Transylvania student-athletes with a 4.0 grade-point average. The junior is a mathematics major and is minoring in chemistry and has been named to the Dean's List in every semester she has attended at Transylvania. Last year, Fine won the Henry Clay Award which recognizes a sophomore student who has completed at least 12-course units as a full-time student and possesses the highest cumulative grade-point average in courses taken at Transylvania University.
Fine was also named in 2018 to the Tom Bohlsen HCAC All-Academic Team, which recognizes HCAC student-athletes who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The junior is thoroughly active with a collection of academic exploits; Fine is a member of the American Medical Student Association and is an ACE Tutor at Transylvania University's Tutoring Center. Fine was nominated by her mathematics professors at Transylvania to serve as an Academic Program Resource Guide for underclassmen interested in majoring in mathematics. She has also served as a Mathematics Tutor at Transylvania and conducted summer research with Transylvania's Organic Chemistry department.
"We are very fortunate to have a player like Rachel that continues to excel both in the classroom and on the course," York added. "She has been a perfect example for her teammates as well as potential future student-athletes for how to excel academically and athletically."
By earning First Team Academic All-District Honors, Fine becomes eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America status. First-, second-, and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced in June.
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