St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 10, 2017 — The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had eight student-athletes named to the 2016-17 Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar Athlete Team, as announced Tuesday by the Association.
Those honored include: Taylor Arends, Maggie Clapp, Mackenzie Gauden, Kenzie James, Hannah McCall, Anna McKee, Hannah Mehrle and Hera Tang. The award is given to any nominee who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2016-17 academic year.
WashU also scored well off the field with the 35th-highest team grade point average in NCAA Division III. The Bears posted a team cumulative GPA of 3.478 for the 2016-17 academic year.
WashU finished the 2017 season with a 27-14 overall record under first-year head coach Michelle Venturella and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in the last 16 years. The Bears were also the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Champion.