Concordia University Texas' Christina Smith has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Softball Team, as announced on Tuesday, May 21 by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The senior outfielder was chosen to the third team after helping the Tornados complete one of their best seasons in school history.
Smith, a biology major with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average, has been honorably mentioned for All-American Southwest Conference laurels twice as the team's starting center fielder the last two years. The Mesa Community College transfer finished the 2013 campaign with a .358 batting average to go along with 35 runs scored and seven stolen bases, which were both team highs, as well as 43 hits, 21 walks and nine runs batted in. In addition, she ended her career ranked ninth in batting average (.316) and tied for sixth in walks (43).
Off the field, Smith was named a 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Team selection this past October and has been heavily involved with other activities on campus and in the community. She has worked as a peer tutor and student assistant in the sports information department while also volunteering her time at multiple Special Olympics Texas events, including flag football and bowling. In addition, the native of Mesa, Ariz. was honored as the 2011-12 Sports Information Student Assistant of the Year at the annual athletics banquet.
Smith, who also carries a minor in chemistry, is Concordia's first-ever Capital One Academic All-American in any sport. Jack Cersosimo and Kayla Burch of the men's and women's golf teams are also currently eligible to be named Capital One Academic All-Americans over the next few weeks.