Mount Union's Gromes Named CAPITAL ONE Academic All-American Softball; First Purple Raider to be Academic All-American in Two Sports

Kristen Gromes (Photo by JT Higgins)
Kristen Gromes (Photo by JT Higgins)

Capital One 2012 Academic All-America ® Division III Softball Team

TOWNSON, Md. -- Mount Union senior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) was named to the CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America Softball Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Gromes, who also was a CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America Volleyball Second Team selection earlier this year, makes her the first Purple Raider in history to earn Academic All-America honors in two different sports.

On the field, Gromes led the team with a .413 batting average this season with 50 hits, nine doubles, 27 RBI and had 12 stolen bases. She finished her senior season with a .678 slugging percentage, which is the fourth highest slugging percentage in a single season in school history. The senior outfielder finished her career with a .364 batting average with 10 home runs, 10 triples, 98 runs and 128 hits.  

Off the field, she has a 3.84 cummulative grade point average with a double major in Engineering and Art while helping lead the Raiders to an Ohio Athletic Conference regular season volleyball title and OAC Softball Tournament title this past year.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.

Mount Union assistant to the athletic director Leonard Reich has served on CoSIDA's Academic All-America national committee since 2002.

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.

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