Three softball students from two Big Ten Conference schools have been selected as Google Cloud Academic All-America selections, following Monday’s announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This marks the sixth consecutive year and the 10th time in conference history the Big Ten has had at least three softball Academic All-Americans.
Michigan State senior pitcher Kristina Zalewski earned first-team Academic All-America honors this season after collecting third-team accolades last year. Zalewski, a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar who compiled a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average, graduated from MSU last month with her bachelor’s degrees in nutritional science and psychology.
Zalewski’s classmate at Michigan State, outfielder Lea Foerster, was a third-team Academic All-America selection this year, following up on her second-team citation last season. This marks the second consecutive season and the fourth time in program history that MSU has produced two softball Academic All-Americans in the same season. Like Zalewski, Foerster, a 2017 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, graduated from Michigan State last month with a 3.77 cumulative GPA and her degree in kinesiology.
Minnesota sophomore catcher Kendyl Lindaman rounded out this year’s Big Ten softball Academic All-America contingent, also collecting third-team plaudits. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, Lindaman has posted a 3.95 cumulative GPA while continuing her undergraduate work and finalizing her decision on a course of study. This marks Lindaman’s first career Academic All-America honor, since she was not eligible for the award as a freshman.
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