MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) released its Women's Soccer Team of Academic Distinction Thursday, with Georgia College putting eight student-athletes on the list.
Junior Kayla Ruiz (Milton) owns the team's top GPA, a 3.93 in Psychology with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture, making her first appearance on the all-academic squad. Classmate Becca Morris (Marietta) earns her second all-academic honor with a 3.84 in Management with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture. Junior Kai Jeffries (Lawrenceville) now owns two all-academic honors as well; she has a 3.82 in Philosophy with a Pre-Law focus. Junior Sophia Bonser (Tyrone) also makes her second appearance, owning a 3.87 in Chemistry with a Pre-Med focus.
The four-member sophomore class each earns their first academic honor in their first year of eligibility for the award. Brooke Adams (Kennesaw) has a 3.71 GPA in Marketing with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture. Lydia Atkinson (Monroe) totes a 3.90 in Psychology with a Pre-Law focus. Alyssa Bergamini (West Suffield, Connecticut) owns a 3.47 in Exercise Science with a minor in Physical Education. Ryann Smith (Sharpsburg) has a 3.43 in Biology with a Pre-Vet focus.
To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.
The Bobcats are back in action tonight, Nov. 7at 7 p.m. wrapping up the regular season at home against USC Aiken.
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