St. Louis, Mo., May 4, 2017 — Washington University in St. Louis sophomore infielder Taylor Arends and senior outfielder Kenzie James were named to the 2017 Academic All-District Five Division III Softball Team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Arends, a first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, has started all 38 games at shortstop and is batting .413 with one homerun and 31 RBIs. She is second in the UAA in hits (52) and third in RBIs (31), and also ranks second on the squad with 17 multiple-hit games. Arends earned UAA Hitter of the Week on April 3 and April 24.
A 2017 Academic all-UAA selection, Arends has a 3.95 grade point average while majoring in psychological and brain sciences with a minor in healthcare management.
James, a second-team all-UAA selection, has started 37 games this season in right field and is hitting .417 with a team-high 34 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. She is second in the UAA in runs scored, fourth in hits (50) and stolen bases and fifth in batting average. James has recorded a hit in 29-of-37 games played, and ranks first in school history in stolen bases (73) and second in runs scored (139).
A two-time Academic All-District and three-time Academic all-UAA honoree, James has a 3.67 GPA while majoring in linguistics with minors in speech and hearing sciences.
To be eligible for nomination to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, and must be a starter or an important reserve. Arends and James are now eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America Team, announced May 23.
WashU concluded regular season play with a 26-12 overall record and won the 2017 UAA Championship. The Bears have the second-best strength of schedule (.637) in NCAA Division III.