Thursday, May 10, 2012

Softball: Five Sooners Earn Postseason Honors

NORMAN, Okla. — Four members of the Oklahoma softball program were named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team while one earned second team honors the conference announced Thursday. Kirsten Allen, Michelle Gascoigne, Javen Henson and Brianna Turang all earned first team honors while Ali Vandever was named to the second team.

Thursday’s announcement marked both Allen and Gascoigne’s second career honors after Allen received a second team honor in 2010 and Gascoigne did the same in 2011. It marked the first of such honors for Henson, Turang and Vandever.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the Academic All-Big 12 Softball Team consists of 49 first team members combined with six on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

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