June 27, 2005
Washington's Kate Soma was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team Monday, as selected by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The honor is the first for Soma, who concluded her collegiate career this month as the most decorated female athlete in Washington track and field history.
A business administration major with a focus in marketing, Soma maintained a 3.50 grade-point average during her four-year collegiate career. She was to graduate on June 11 at Husky Stadium, but missed the ceremony to participate in the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, where she captured her first NCAA title and the fourth ever won by a UW woman,
In four years at Washington, Soma earned a record five All-America honors, twice placing second at the NCAA Championships prior to her 2005 victory. The Portland, Ore., native was the 2004 Pac-10 and 2005 NCAA West Regional champion, and boasts the seventh-best vault ever by a collegiate woman, at 14-3 ½.
Soma is the second Husky in as many years to win the Academic All-America honor. Former Husky Brad Walker was a first-team Academic All-America selection in 2004.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must be a significant contributor with a minimum 3.20 grade-point average and at least one full academic year completed at the current institution, and be nominated by their sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in I, II, II and NAIA covering all NCAA sports.
For a complete list of 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans, visit www.cosida.com.