COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball sophomore Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was selected for Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 honors on Thursday, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Rathwell becomes just the third sophomore in the history of Athletics at the College to land the accolade.
Rathwell was among 11 Academic All-District 1 picks, earning the accolade as a designated player. She was one of only three sophomores, while nine of the student-athletes hailed from the Northeast-10 Conference. Rathwell is the second member of her program to ever be honored by CoSIDA, with Katelyn Billings '10 recognized as both a junior and senior. Among all Saint Michael's programs, only Rathwell, Brad Farrell '16 (Alpine skiing) and Emily Ferreri '19 (women's basketball) earned Academic All-District laurels as sophomores.
Rathwell earned an award voted upon by members of CoSIDA while advancing to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be voted upon later this month. Academic All-America selections will be announced in June.
Rathwell, who saw time as a pitcher, first baseman, third baseman and designated player, has batted in the heart of the order since arriving on campus, making 32 of her 33 starts hitting cleanup this year. She turned in a career-high 36 hits while nearly mirroring her first-year totals, with a .350 batting average, .553 slugging percentage, .362 on-base percentage, eight doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs. She is 12th in the NE10 in slugging, tied for 14th in triples (2), 16th in batting, tied for 18th in homers, and tied for 23rd in doubles.
While majoring in biochemistry and minoring in physics, Rathwell holds a 3.75 cumulative grade-point average and has landed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all three of her completed semesters. Rathwell added to a list of accomplishments that already included her earning her second career NE10 All-Conference citation this spring, becoming just the third Purple Knight to achieve that feat by her sophomore year.
As a pitcher, Rathwell made 14 appearances, completing seven of her 12 starts. Over 73.1 innings, she struck out 28 and walked just 11. She is third in the NCAA Division II East Region in walks per seven innings (1.1), and 29th nationally. Thanks in part to her control, the Purple Knights are fifth in Division II and first in the East in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.4). Halfway through her career, Rathwell is ninth in program history in career homers (7) and 11th in doubles (19), one outside the top 10.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.