LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego’s Emily McQuaid, Mya Romero, Callie Grant and Katie Saunders were named Thursday to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District® Softball First Team for the NCAA Division II District 8, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
This is the first time that McQuaid, Romero, Grant and Saunders have earned the distinction. All four Tritons advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® ballot, joining seven other selections from their region at the district level.
UCSD’s District 8 includes programs from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Great Northwest Athletic Conference and Pacific West Conference. Ten of the 12 Academic All-District® 8 softball players for Division II hail from the CCAA.
In the classroom, McQuaid maintains a 3.51 grade-point average in human biology. The senior has started all 47 games for UCSD this season and currently sits in third on the UCSD all-time career steals list with 65, third on the all-time assists list with 437 at third base and ninth in all-time runs scored list with 94. The Monrovia native is currently batting .313 with 15 stolen bases in 2014.
Romero has kept a 3.51 grade-point average in political science with a minor in Spanish literature as a student-athlete. The senior is currently UCSD’s all-time career leader in assists with 566. The Woodland native has started all but three games in her four-year career at UCSD and is currently batting .262 with 26 RBI.
Grant has maintained a 3.33 grade-point average in human biology. The sophomore leads the team with 21 multiple-hit games. In her last 19 games, she’s batting .522 (35-for-67) with 13 multi-hit games and has scored 20 runs. Overall, the Chatsworth native is batting .432 with 43 runs scored and has 15 stolen bases on the season.
Saunders has held a 3.75 grade-point average as a communications major. The sophomore from Manhattan Beach leads UCSD in slugging percentage (.531), co-leads in home runs (3), has 13 multi-hit games and ranks third on the team with six multi-RBI performances, including two four-RBI games.
Student-athletes must be in at least their second season, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be a starter or important reserve to be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America® programs.
UC San Diego has returned to the postseason for the fourth-straight season with a spot in the CCAA Tournament. The Tritons finished the regular season 33-14 overall and third in league play with a 22-10 mark. UCSD received the No. 3 seed in the championship and will face No. 2 Humboldt State Friday at 7 p.m. at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.