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    Oct. 10, 2013

    CHICAGO – Four current and three former members of the UIC softball team were named 2012-13 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athletes, in addition to receiving the 2012-13 All-Academic Team honor, the NFCA announced.

    “It is great to see our team and several individuals be recognized for their achievements in the classroom," head coach Michelle Venturella said.  "We value what it truly means to be a student-athlete at UIC.  The team has worked very hard to maintain a high level of excellence both on the field and in the classroom, and it is wonderful to see our program recognized by our national organization.  Our entire staff is very proud of our student-athletes for their dedication and hard work.”

    The Flames’ seven honorees were among more than 4,000 student-athletes across seven difference divisions to receive the distinction.  Student-athletes who maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher during the 2012-13 academic year qualified for the award.

    Current players Bridget Boyle, Jacki Fletcher, Erica Hampton and Laura Swan obtained All-America scholar-athlete status, as well as former players Kara Komp, Melissa Preish and Coryn Schmit.  This marks the first such honor for Boyle, Fletcher, Hampton, Swan and Komp, while Preish and Schmit were named to the 2011-12 team as well.

    UIC was also named to the All-Academic team after posting a 3.297 GPA during the 2012-13 academic year.  The Flames additionally took home the award during the 2011-12 campaign with a 3.48 GPA.

    For a complete list of the 2012-13 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes, click here. For the team academic rankings, click here.