MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior Meredith Smith of the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team and sophomore Victoria Yu of the women's tennis team have been recognized for their stellar performances both academically and athletically, and were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the sixth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
Smith, an Economics and Psychology major with a 3.99 GPA, is enjoying an impressive senior season to cap off a great career as the Cardinals, who are currently ranked 16th in the nation, will be making their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and will host No. 17 Ithaca College on Sunday, May 14 at 1 p.m. on Smith Field. Smith has played a pivotal role in the team's success as she reached the 100-point mark earlier this season in a 12-4 win against Babson, and currently ranks sixth on Wesleyan's all-time scoring list with 121 career points. She currently has 40 points on the season, which ranks second on the team, while her 31 goals are also second on the squad.
Yu, who owns a 3.93 GPA while majoring in Chemistry, Neuroscience & Behavior, has excelled on the courts in just her second season. The New Braunfels, Texas native, who played primarily No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles, earned First Team All-NESCAC honors in doubles play and second team laurels in singles play as she recorded a 16-4 overall record in singles and an 18-2 record in doubles. Wesleyan, which is currently ranked seventh in the country, notched its second-consecutive berth to the NCAA Division III Team Championships while Yu also earned a bid to play in the individual championships in both singles and doubles. The team will open its tournament play on Saturday, May 13 in Brunswick, Maine, while the singles tournament will be held from May 25-27 at The Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.