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Kate Bowen was named Third Team Academic All-American on Thursday.

Kate Bowen Selected Third Team Academic All-American

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
Release: 05/22/2014
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Kate Bowen (Newtown, Conn.), the Manhattan College Class of 2014 valedictorian, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Softball Team.  A two-time Academic All-District selection, the second baseman/pitcher earned a place on the Academic All-America® third team as an infielder.  Bowen is the seventh Manhattan softball player ever to receive Academic All-America® honors, and the first since Jessica Mack in 2000.

The Academic All-America® team is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  The national ballot consisted of all student-athletes who were selected to their respective All-District first teams.  Only starters or significant reserves that have completed at least two semesters at their institution and boast a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher are eligible for CoSIDA awards.

Bowen graduated with a 3.86 GPA in physical education.  She’s a three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team honoree, and she was Manhattan’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year for both 2012-13 and 2013-14.  Bowen was also a top 30 candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

After earning First Team All-MAAC recognition as an infielder in 2013, Bowen was named First Team All-MAAC as a utility player this season.  She started all 55 games at either second base or pitcher and led the Jaspers with 61 hits, 41 runs scored and a .318 batting average.  Bowen, who hit leadoff in every game, also had five home runs and 14 doubles.  In the circle, she recorded team-bests in wins (12), starts (23), complete games (13), shutouts (3) and ERA (3.60).

In addition to her two First Team All-MAAC selections, Bowen was named to the All-MAAC Second Team in 2012.  She finished her career as Manhattan’s all-time leader in games played (190) and at-bats (618), and she’s second all-time in hits (211), as well as third in doubles (39) and runs scored (122).

She’s the first Jasper to be selected to an Academic All-America®  team in any sport since Eugene Reynolds (men’s soccer), Magnus Ahlen (men’s track & field) and Rajne Svenssohn (men’s track & field) were all recognized in 2004.

Manhattan went 26-29 this season and reached the championship round of the MAAC Tournament for the first time since 1999.

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