NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (July 9, 2019) – The countdown to No. 1 begins today as the Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Athletic Department takes a look back at the Top 10 moments of the 2018-19 season.
During the 2018-19 campaign, the Wildcats garnered 12 All-Sun Conference honorees, 15 TSC All-Academic award winners, four All-Americans and a number of Academic All-Americans and NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Both soccer teams made and advanced in the TSC Championships, the men's golf team appeared in its 19th-straight NAIA National Championships Tournament, and the Wildcats experienced a number of "program firsts".
Without further ado…
At No. 10 – Audrey Gant and Savannah Jackson become the first Wildcats in school history to be named Academic All-Americans®.
On December 3, 2018, Gant and Jackson were named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® NAIA women's soccer team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA.
Selected via a nation-wide vote, Gant (first team) and Jackson (second team) both earned academic all-district honors a month earlier which made the duo eligible for All-American recognition.
Not to be confused with the NAIA Scholar-Athlete program (JWU garnered nine scholar-athletes in 2018-19), the Google Cloud Academic All-America®, selected by CoSIDA program began in 1952, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors.
Currently, CoSIDA sponsors Academic All-America® programs for men's soccer, women's soccer, football, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and men's and women's track and field/cross country. Many other sports are eligible through the At-Large program.
The 2011-12 school year marked the first year that the Academic All-America® program expanded to four divisional teams. Student-athletes were honored in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, while a fourth team — the College Division — was comprised of NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. This expansion enabled CoSIDA to double the number of student-athletes honored on an annual basis. Now, the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is comprised of divisional teams for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Congratulations to Gant and Jackson as their honor is the No. 10 moment from last year.
One down and nine to go. Check back on Thursday as we unveil the No. 9 moment of 2018-19.
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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)
About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.
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