Tyler Thomas Becomes First Rollins Women’s Lacrosse Player to Ever Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 12, 2016) – Senior attacker Tyler Thomas has been named to the 2015-16 Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) organization officials announced Thursday.

This marks the first time Thomas has earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in her career, and is the first time a women’s lacrosse player at Rollins has earned a place on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.  With the selection to the All-District squad, Thomas will now advance into the pool eligible for consideration for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, to be announced June 8.

Thomas gets the nod after a senior campaign that has seen her shatter two program records for overall goals and points scored in a career.  The Winter Park, Fla. native has been named Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice, and earned First Team All-SSC honors, as well as earned a place on the SSC All-Tournament Team this season.

Hard working and dedicated both on the field and in the classroom, Thomas has maintained a 3.69 GPA in her four years, and was recently awarded the Rollins Fiat Lux Award, which is presented to outstanding seniors who have made positive and illuminating contributions to the campus and community.  Recipients have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have demonstrated excellence in contributing to campus life at Rollins via academics, athletics, diversity, campus and community involvement, as well as leadership.

In addition, Thomas is a seven time member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, as well as a three time member of the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for her efforts in the classroom.  Along with her academic and athletic success this season, Thomas has earned First Team IWLCA All-Region honors, and was named an IWLCA All American in 2015.  The 2015 SSC Player of the Year and First Team All-SSC selection was also named to the 2015 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for her efforts in her junior campaign.

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 representative.

The Academic All-District™ teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.  This is the fifth 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.

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