Towson, Md. – Saint Xavier University senior pitcher Megan Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) headlined the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Softball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) when the awards were released Monday. The Capital One Academic All-America® College Division softball team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. An elementary education major with a 3.91 grade-point average (GPA), Nonnemacher has been named as the winner of the Academic All-America® of the Year award for the College Division softball team. She joins senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) of the SXU men's basketball team as Cougars who have claimed the prestigious award during the 2013-14 season.
Nonnemacher is a three-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-America® team, who earned first team notice as a junior and senior. A first team All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) selection for the third year in a row, she helped the Cougars post a 47-9-1 record, while reaching the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round Tournament Lindsey Wilson Bracket. A starter in 30 games as a senior, Nonnemacher posted a 23-3 record, while posting a 1.34 earned run average (ERA). She tallied 12 shutouts with 25 complete games. In addition, she recorded 164 strikeouts, while walking just 47 batters. Nonnemacher is one of two repeat first team selections on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Softball Team.
"I could not envision a better award for Megan to win to culminate her impressive collegiate career, because it encompasses the efforts of both her success on the field and in the classroom," said Saint Xavier University softball coach Myra Minuskin. "She was a large part of our success this season and helped our program establish itself as a national power in the NAIA. Megan will definitely be missed in our program next season, but I am confident that there is plenty more success in her future."
Joining Nonnemacher on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Softball First Team were graduate student Jessica McConnell of Stephens College (Mo.), senior Sarah Beckman of William Carey University (Miss.), senior catcher Kristen Drabek of Madonna University (Mich.), senior Caitlin O'Hagan of St. Gregory's University (Okla.), senior Cheryl Sendzik of Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.), senior Ashley Winegeart of University of Houston-Victoria(Texas), senior Kirstie Zimmerman of Kansas Wesleyan University (Kan.), junior Travatia Bowden of Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), junior Nicole Larson of Menlo College (Calif.) and sophomore pitcher Caroline Sagrera of Spring Hill College (Ala.).
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.