TOWSON, Md. (June 5, 2013) - Women's hockey defenceman Fiona Lester of Peterborough, Ont., has been named to the 2013 Capitol One Academic All-America College Division at-large first team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Capital One College Division Academic All-America men's and women's at-large teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
The at-large program for the Capital One Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Lester, a biology and mathematics major who holds a 3.90 G.P.A., was named to the first team for the second consecutive year after becoming just the second Laurier athlete to earn the honour following football player Dillon Heap of Waterloo, Ont., back in 2010. She is the only Canadian student-athlete to earn first team honours this year and one of only two CIS athletes among the three Academic All-America teams.
Laurier's team captain last season, Lester enjoyed another excellent season for the Hawks as she helped lead the team to a 21-2-3 record, good for first place in the OUA. The fourth year defenceman tallied a career-best seven goals and 12 assists to finish third in the conference in defenceman scoring with 19 points. Those numbers helped her earn OUA First Team All-Star honours for the second time in her career.
A three-time CIS Academic All-Canadian, Lester was also recognized in 2012-13 as the Oustanding Woman of Laurier for her academic and athletic success along with her work in the community. She was also honoured for the second consecutive year with the Luke Fusco Academic Athletic Achievement Award at Laurier's annual Athletic Banquet.
The 15 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division At-Large women's first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.84.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., and ING Bank, fsb, had $216.5 billion in deposits and $294.5 billion in total assets outstanding as of March 31, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One and ING Direct offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All-America Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
About the Academic All-America Program
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 director.
Since the programs inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.