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Mon, Jun. 3, 2013 - [Women's Tennis]

TOWSON, Md. – Kansas Wesleyan's Janel Prather becomes the University's first-ever First Team Capital One Academic All-American as the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division men's and women's at-large teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) were announced on Monday afternoon.

This is Prather's second straight selection to the Academic All-America team, as she was selected as a Second Team Academic All-American last season.


"It was a big surprise, but a great honor," Prather said about her selection. "It was rewarding to realize how much my hard work while at Kansas Wesleyan has paid off."


Prather, a native of Sterling, Kan., played for the Coyotes for three years, and completed her degree in Exercise Science / Pre-Physical Therapy in that time with an unblemished 4.0 GPA. In tennis, she was 8-6 overall in singles with a 4-2 record in conference play and 10-5 overall in doubles that included a 6-1 mark in conference play. She was named as a First Team All-KCAC performer this season, following a Second Team All-KCAC nod in 2012 and was named the 2013 KCAC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


She was named to the Academic All-District team last year as a sophomore in addition to her Second Team Academic All-America. She was named as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete and will be named to the Academic All-KCAC team as well. She was named to the President's Honor Roll every semester at KWU and was also involved on campus as an Admissions Ambassador and Resident Assistant. She was also a member of the President's Club and participated in band for two years.


Prather praised the role that her involvement in athletics helped her academically. "Being a student athlete helped me learn to manage my time so I could play the sport I love while still doing well in the classroom," she said.


Prather has begun work on her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan.


The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men's and women's at-large teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.


Nominated by current CoSIDA members at their respective institutions, nominees to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America® program must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and must have attended their current institution for at least one full academic year and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility status.

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