Three Washington U. Student-Athletes Named to Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team
St. Louis, Mo., May 16, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis had three individuals selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Five Division III Women’s At-Large First Team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior Kate Klein, Hinsdale of the women’s tennis team, sophomore Olivia Lugar of the women’s golf team and junior Chi Pham of the women’s swimming & diving team each received the honor. Pham is a repeat selection from 2012, while Klein and Lugar each earned the accolade for the first time in their careers.
Klein, who holds a 3.90 GPA while majoring in anthropology and Spanish, has recorded 95 wins in her four-year career for the women’s tennis team. She has posted 24 wins this season while helping lead the Bears to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in school history. In 2012, Klein earned second-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors in doubles, and qualified for the NCAA Division III Individuals Doubles Championship. She was the first women’s tennis player in school history to be named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Freshman of the Year, and qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships as a singles player in 2010.
Lugar holds a 3.84 GPA while majoring in international & area studies. She was named to the 2013 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III All-America First Team for the second year in a row, while also earning all-Central Region honors for the second time. The 2012 Ping Division III National Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, Lugar ranks fifth in NCAA Division III in 2013 with a 77.28 scoring average. She recorded 16 of 18 rounds at 80 or lower, and tied for medalist honors at the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invitational and at the Millikin University Fall Classic.
Pham, who has a 3.73 GPA while majoring in environmental policy and public health, received Academic All-District first-team honors for the second year in a row. She earned All-America honors in three events in 2013, finishing ninth in the 400-freestyle relay, 14th in the 200-medley relay and 16th in the 200 individual medley. Pham was also a member of two school-record setting relays – 400-freestyle and 200-medley in 2013. She was a two-time All-American in 2011, placing fifth in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 200 IM. Pham, who owns the school record in the 100 backstroke, was also the 2011 UAA Rookie of the Year.
In order to be selected to an Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. As First-Team Academic All-District Team selections, Klein, Lugar and Pham will be among the nominees for the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced Tuesday, June 4.