CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Women's At-Large Team, announced Thursday by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Elizabeth Durkac (gymnastics), Jackie Rudolph (swimming) and Loren Shealy (field hockey) have been named to the 14-member team, which requires a grade point average of 3.3 or better and recognizes those who have excelled both athletically and academically.
The at-large women's team is open to student-athletes from the sports of bowling, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo. Because they earned spots on the All-District 3 first team, all three Tar Heels are now in the running for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced later this month.
As a senior, Durkac was voted the 2013 EAGL Conference Gymnast of the Year. A psychology major from Yorktown, Va., she was named all-tournament in every event at the EAGL championship and was a team captain, as well as team MVP. Recipient of her squad's Athletic Director's Scholar Athlete Award, she helped the gymnastics team to a Top Six for Service Award, recognizing outstanding community involvement.
Rudolph, a history and chemistry double major from Virginia Beach, Va., earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2013 with a career-best time in the 1650 free. She helped UNC to a 12th-place NCAA finish, the team's best performance in more than a decade. Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, she was the 2012-13 recipient of UNC's Senior Scholar-Athlete Award as the top female senior student-athlete academically.
Shealy, a business major from Charlotte, N.C., ranked second in goals for the 2012 Tar Heels, who won their second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title and reached field hockey's NCAA Championship game for the fourth year in a row. At the championship, Shealy received the NCAA Elite 89 Award as the player at the final four site with the highest GPA. A member of the prestigious Robertson Scholars Program, through which she attends Duke in addition to UNC, she was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team as well as the All-ACC Academic Team.
Those honored from District 3, which includes North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, are:
Katherine Bulling, James Madison, Sr., Tennis, History/English major
Sarah Cowburn, Virginia, Gr., Rowing, Architectural History major
Jean DeOrnellas, Davidson, Sr., Swimming, Political Science
Helen Doolittle, Liberty, So., Field Hockey, Mathematics
Elizabeth Durkac, UNC, Sr., Gymnastics, Psychology
Kelsey Floyd, Tennessee, Sr., Swimming, Sport Management and Recreation
Logan Kline, Virginia Tech (Mission Hills, Kan.), Sr., Swimming, Biology
Jenna Nurik, UT-Chattanooga (Roswell, Ga.), Sr., Tennis, Psychology
Olesya Palko, NC Central (Kyiv, Ukraine), Sr., Tennis, Biology
Maeghan Pardy, Old Dominion (Ontario, Calif.), Sr., Rowing, Psychology
Paige Reese, Radford (South Hill, Va.), Jr., Golf, Management/Marketing
Jackie Rudolph, UNC (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sr., Swimming, History/Chemistry
Loren Shealy, UNC (Charlotte, N.C.), So., Field Hockey, Business
Alex Whitehead, UNC-Greensboro (Victoria, Australia), Sr., Tennis, Media Studies