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Cooper headlines CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team

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Auburn senior outfielder Kasey Cooper headlines the 2017 Academic All-America® Division I softball team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A mechanical engineering major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Cooper also is a three-time first-team Academic All-America® honoree, having previously made the top squad in 2015 and 2016. She holds the SEC record for career RBI (269) and is one of only two student-athletes in SEC history with 250 hits and 250 RBI in her career. Cooper led Auburn to NCAA Women's College World Series appearances the past two seasons, reaching the semifinals in 2015 and finishing as the national runner-up in 2016. This season, she has helped the Tigers to their third consecutive NCAA Super Regional berth, batting .311 while ranking among the SEC leaders in home runs (10), RBI (45), on-base percentage (.484), slugging percentage (.578) and walks (49). A three-time All-American and recipient of the 2016 NCAA Elite 90 Award, Cooper was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) second-team all-Southeast Region selection this season, becoming the first four-time all-region honoree in school history. She also was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, while earning second-team all-SEC and SEC All-Defensive Team accolades this year, her fourth consecutive all-conference citation and third all-defensive honor in a row.

In addition to being this year's Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year, Cooper is one of nine student-athletes who have earned multiple Academic All-America® citations. The other repeat Academic All-America® student-athletes from the SEC are Florida junior infielder Kayli Kvistad and Alabama graduate student pitcher Sydney Littlejohn. Kvistad collected second-team accolades this year after garnering first-team selections last season (she was a first-team choice as designated player in 2016). Littlejohn is a second-team honoree for the second year in a row.

Joining Cooper on the Academic All-America® first team is Florida sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill, one of two pitchers on the squad.

Kvistad is a part of the Academic All-America® second-team infield, while the second-team outfield includes Alabama graduate student Chandler Dare and Kentucky senior Breanne Ray. Littlejohn is in the second-team circle, throwing to Missouri senior catcher Kirsten Mack.

Tennessee junior Meghan Gregg is a member of the third-team infield. South Carolina senior Victoria Williams rounds out the 2017 third team as its designated player.

FIRST TEAM
Pos. - Name - School - Yr. - Hometown - GPA - Major

P - Kelly Barnhill - Florida - So. -Marietta, Ga. - 3.93 - Public relations & economics
IF - Kasey Cooper (1) # - Auburn - Sr. - Dothan, Ala. - 3.97 - Mechanical engineering

SECOND TEAM
Pos. - Name - School - Yr. - Hometown - GPA - Major

P - Sydney Littlejohn (2) - Alabama - Gr. - Rusk, Texas - 4.00 - Human perf. / exercise science
C - Kirsten Mack - Missouri - Sr. - Riverside, Calif. - 3.90 - Health science
IF - Kayli Kvistad (1) - Florida - Jr. - Lake City, Fla. - 3.77 - Communication sciences & disorders
OF - Chandler Dare - Alabama - Gr. - Tuscaloosa, Ala. - 4.00 - Human Environmental Science
OF - Breanne Ray - Kentucky - Sr. - Benton, Ky. - 3.99 - Communication sciences & disorders

THIRD TEAM

Pos. - Name - School - Yr. - Hometown - GPA - Major
IF - Meghan Gregg - Tennessee - Jr. Williamson, Ga. - 3.50 - Kinesiology
DP - Victoria Williams - South Carolina - Sr. - Williamston, S.C. - 3.72 - Elementary education