June 7, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Former Georgia national champions Kat Ding of gymnastics and Wendy Trott of swimming have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s At-Large Team, according to an announcement Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Ding is the fourth gymnast in Georgia history to earn First-Team honors. She was the 2012 NCAA champion on the uneven bars and floor exercise, becoming just the second gymnast in NCAA history to repeat as the national champion on bars. The Sparks, Nev., native is also the sixth gymnast in Georgia’s storied history to win more than one national title in the same year and the first to win back-to-back crowns on an individual event since 1992-93. Ding was a First-Team All-America on four events this season and won a total of 26 individual event titles. She finished her career at Georgia ranked seventh all-time in career bars points. An advertising major with a 3.60 GPA, Ding was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in each of the last four years and has been named to the UGA Dean’s List.
Trott is a repeat First-Team selection, giving Georgia swimming 28 Academic All-America honorees since 1985. Trott was the 2012 McWhorter Scholar Athlete of the Year for all SEC sports, she earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and she won the Elite 89 Award as the swimmer at the NCAA Championships with the highest GPA (a 3.97 in International Affairs). The Cape Town, South Africa, native earned UGA’s Joel Eaves and Marilyn Vincent awards as the senior with the highest GPA and she picked up a Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Trott also was named to the SEC Community Service Team. Trott won the NCAA title in the 1,650 freestyle three times and was second in 2012. At the SEC Championships, Trott became the first woman in league history to win the 1,650 freestyle championship four times. She also won an SEC title in the 500 freestyle in 2010. Trott has represented South Africa at several international events, including the 2008 Olympics. She recently qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Georgia was one of just four schools (joining Duke, Vermont and Alabama) with two scholar-athletes on the First Team.
The Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, visit www.cosida.com.