June 5, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the final honors of a storied career was announced on Thursday, as Petra Niedermayerova garnered her second straight Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s At-Large First Team award as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Niedermayerova, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa in May with her degree in economics and a grade point average of 3.97, is the first Wildcat to earn two CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors in women’s tennis history.
Earlier this season, Niedermayerova secured her third straight Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII At-Large selection and her third Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor. In 2013, she was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First Team selection. She was also a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete.
Within the economics department, Niedermayerova was a highly decorated student as she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in May. In her final semester, she was the co-author of a paper based off her 2013 summer internship with the Heritage Foundation. Her paper was accepted at the Dallas Economics Scholars Program, which is a very competitive process with only a third of the papers submitted for review being accepted.
She also earned the Duane L. and Leslee K. Cantrell Scholarship in 2013, based on outstanding academic performance & service to the economics department at K-State. She plans to pursue a Ph. D. in economics at Boston University beginning in the fall. Earlier this week, Niedermayerova was named as one of 20 recipients from the Big 12 Conference of the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship.
On the court, Niedermayerova finished her K-State career as the first player in program history to play in four straight NCAA Division I Singles Championships and was the first player to earn a pair of ITA All-American selections. She was also the 2013 ITA Central Region Player to Watch and the 2011 ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year.
In addition to her All-American honors, the product of Brno, Czech Republic, was the first player in program history to be named a four-time All-Big 12 singles selection. She also was a two-time All-Big 12 doubles honoree and was the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
She tallied an overall singles record of 105-43 (.709) which is the school record for career singles victories and marks the first time a K-State player surpassed the 100-win threshold in their career. Her .709 winning percentage ranks second in school history. She also owns the school records for doubles wins in a career (74), singles wins in a season (32) and doubles wins in a season (27).
Joining Niedermayerova on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s At-Large first team are swimmers Elizabeth Beisel of Florida, Maya DiRado of Stanford University, Emma Reaney of Notre Dame and Laura Ryan of the University of Georgia. Gymnasts on the first team are Lara Albright of Oklahoma, Emily Wong of the University of Nebraska and Capital One Academic All-America of the Year Kim Jacob of Alabama.
Fellow tennis player Mary Anne Daines of Alabama joined Niedermayerova on the first team, along with ice hockey players Ali Binnington of Rochester Institute of Technology and Vanessa Gagnon of Clarkson University.
Rounding out the first team honorees are field hockey player Lauren Blazing of Duke University, bowler Megan Buja of the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, lacrosse player Taylor D’Amore of Johns Hopkins University, skier Anja Gruber of the University of Vermont and golfer Stephanie Meadow of Alabama.
Six of the 15 members of the first team are repeat honorees, including Beisel, who was the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year. She is also the only one to be named to the first team three times. Buja, Gruber, Jacob, Meadow and Niedermayerova are all earning their second-straight first-team nod, while Binnington makes the jump to the first team after earning a spot on the third team in 2013 and Wong was a second-team member last year. All but three of the honorees are seniors or graduate students, with Binnington, Blazing and Reaney earning a place on the first team as juniors.
The 15 members of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.89.
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