(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University junior Katie Cecil (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View) , a member of the women's tennis team, was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team. CoSIDA recognizes outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments by honoring deserving athletes with All-Academic recognition with the official sponsor of Capital One.
Carnegie Mellon is part of District 4 which is comprised of all Division III schools in the state of Pennsylvania.
As a player, Cecil has been successful on the court, winning 35 singles matches and 36 doubles matches during her two-year career with the Tartans after transferring from Tulane University. The junior was recently awarded by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) the Atlantic South Region Arthur Ashe Jr. for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award and a year ago was named National Player to watch by the ITA after earning All-America her first season in Pittsburgh.
Cecil will compete at the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships, May 23-25. She will play for the singles championship while pairing with sophomore Angela Pratt to play for the doubles championship.
Cecil, a neuroscience major carries a perfect 4.00 GPA. Off the court, she is a member of the Carnegie Mellon Student-Athletic Advisory Council where this past fall she volunteered for the Light's On afterschool and Ten thousand Villages projects. During her work with the Light's On project, she interacted with youth to teach the benefit of afterschool activities while she supported one of the world's oldest and largest fair trade organizations through the Ten Thousand Villages program. The junior led a service project with the tennis team in April working at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Cecil also volunteered her time to the St. Bernard Rebuilding Project by helping to build houses in New Orleans as part of Hurricane Katrina Relief in 2010.