May 15, 2014

Cecil Repeats as CoSIDA Academic All-District

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - Carnegie Mellon University senior 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 for the second consecutive season. 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 48 singles matches and 44 doubles matches during her three-year career with the Tartans after transferring from Tulane University. After an injury sidelined her for the fall season, Cecil returned to the court in February and accumulated a 13-2 singles record and currently has a win streak of nine heading into the NCAA quarterfinals. As a junior, Cecil was named the National Arthur Ashe Jr. for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), was the NCAA Elite 89 winner for Division III Women's Tennis and earned All-America honors for her singles and doubles play. As a sophomore she was named the National Player to watch by the ITA after earning All-America honors her first season in Pittsburgh.

Additionally this season, Cecil earned All-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team at No. 3 singles for her unbeaten performance during the Tartans run to second place at the UAA Championship.

Cecil is a neuroscience major who carries a perfect 4.00 GPA and was named a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American. Off the court, she is a member of the Carnegie Mellon Student-Athlete Advisory Council where 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. As a junior, Cecil 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.

Cecil will now move on to the national ballot for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.