WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University women’s cross country runner Rose Ritz (Wauwatosa, Wis.) was selected to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team for the College Division – District 2, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced Thursday. Gallaudet is a member of the College Division (Division II, III, NAIA and 2-year schools) and is in District 2 for CoSIDA Academic honors.
The junior psychology major holds a 3.82 grade point average. Ritz is the only student-athlete from the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) represented on the list and only one of two student-athletes from the District of Columbia. Georgetown University senior Renee Tomlin was named to the University Division first team.
Ritz finished fifth at the CAC cross country championships last October. Her top five finish earned her All-CAC first team honors and was the best finish for Gallaudet in over 10 years. She went onto finish 89th overall out of 189 runners at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Ritz is in the honors program at GU and a member of the Psi Chi honor society. Outside of school and running at Gallaudet, Ritz is a proud single-mother of twin girls who are three years old. Before she transferred to Gallaudet from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee she was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps, where she served for four years and received an honorable discharge.
Ritz is the third Bison to earn Academic All-District honors this school year (2009-10) as senior Shana Lehmann (Frederick, Md.) was named to the volleyball first team back in November while junior swimmer Kyle Dacus (The Woodlands, Texas) was named to the at-large second team in May. Gallaudet last had an Academic All-American in 1993 and only has earned two selections total in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Wayne Langbein was named to the men’s at-large second team for track and field in 1993 and Brian Bippus was selected to the men’s basketball second team in 1991.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic honors, 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 standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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For more information on the CoSIDA Academic All-America program please visit its Web site - www.cosida.com/Awards/allamerica.aspx.