Supak Named to Academic All-America Team
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU senior utility player Dylan Supak was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All-America Division I Softball Second Team the organization announced today, the first Tiger to be named to one of the three lists in program history.
Supak, a senior from LaGrange, Texas, became the first player since Allison Falcon in 2012 to both be honored by the organization and be a first team selection when the district team lists were announced earlier this season, now she can lay claim to being the first CoSIDA Academic All-American as well.
She was the seventh LSU player in program history to be on the district’s first team, which was made up of three different teams from nine different states, while being one of 10 players from the Southeastern Conference on one of the organization’s eight districts. On Friday, she was one of six from the SEC to make the final cut, earning the spot at designated player.
At a banquet honoring the eight teams that made the 2015 Women’s College World Series this past Tuesday night, she was named the winner of the Elite 89 Award for the 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.
The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.
A kinesiology graduate, the LaGrange, Texas, native maintained a 4.0 grade point average and received her degree earlier this month, while also participating with the team in the 2015 SEC Softball Tournament, which was held in Baton Rouge. She was also honored with the prestigious University Medal, which is bestowed to LSU seniors with the highest grade-point averages in the 2015 class.
A kinesiology major, Supak has played in 30 of LSU’s games this season, making 18 starts in her final season in Purple and Gold. She’s maintained that 4.0 grade point average throughout her entire collegiate career, as this season she is hitting .269 at the plate with 14 hits, six for doubles, with 14 RBIs and eight runs scored on a .385 slugging percentage and .394 on-base percentage.
Earlier this season, the LaGrange High School product was named the Tiger Athletic Foundation’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the annual LSU Academic Gala, where she also won the Wally Pontiff Jr. Academic Excellence Award. During her tenure, Supak has been named to the SEC First-Year Honor Roll, a two-time Academic All-SEC selection and an NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete.
She’s been honored on the academic side as well, as up to this point she has earned distinction on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll three times, while also being part of the Blazer Chapter of Mortar Board, where she earned the group’s Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.
Away from the field, Supak has been heavily involved in LSU’s community service efforts, helping lead and organize the softball team’s contribution to the Baton Rouge area, including serving as an instructor and coach for local youth organizations and assisting with the group’s efforts with the Miracle League, which includes hosting “Geaux Play” during one of the weekend league conference series where the kids in attendance get to play a simulated game on the field at Tiger Park.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
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