Islander softball players Larissa Martin and Andrea Simancas were named to the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team on Monday afternoon. The award is the first for Martin and the second for Simancas, who were both seniors at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this past season.

In addition to setting a good example in the classroom for other student-athletes, the pair of seniors were key contributors on the softball team that set the school record for Southland Conference victories in a season and continued to help build the Islander program.

Simancas, a four-year player for the Islanders, was named to the team for the second-straight year after being named to the CoSIDA All-Academic District VI Second Team earlier in the year. Andrea is from Pasadena and held a 3.86 GPA in History before graduating this past semester. Simancas also completed minors in Political Science and Spanish.

On the field for TAMUCC, she was second on the team with a batting average of .309 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 19 RBIs. Simancas is fourth all-time in the Islander record books with 32 doubles, sixth in extra base hits with 34 and seventh in runs scored with 63. She was named to the All-SLC Third Team for her efforts on the field.

Martin finished her TAMUCC career with a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in Math on the Island. She was a CoSIDA All-Academic District VI First Team selection as well as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Martin led the Islanders in batting average with a .322 mark while starting all but one game on the season. In her two seasons as an Islander, Martin has played in 102 games, starting 101 of those. Her career batting average at TAMUCC was .313 with 10 doubles, three triples, one home run and 40 RBI

2009 Southland Softball All-Academic Teams

First Team

Name University Class Hometown GPA Major

Alex Newton* $ Texas State Sr. LaPorte, Texas 3.45 Interdisciplinary Studies

McKenzie Baack* Texas State Jr. Round Rock, Texas 3.15 Marketing

Audrey Wood^ # Nicholls Jr. Lawton, Okla. 3.80 Nursing

Katie Duhe^ Southeastern Louisiana So. Lutcher, La. 4.00 Accounting

Briana Bishop* # Stephen F. Austin Jr. College Station, Texas 3.47 Kinesiology

Karie Hugie^ ! Stephen F. Austin Sr. Greenville, Miss. 3.96 Biology

Samantha Chumchal* UT Arlington Jr. Richwood, Texas 3.21 Pre. K-Education

Heather Fortenberry* UT Arlington Jr. Mesquite, Texas 3.23 Criminal Justice

Larissa Martin^ A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Franklin, Texas 4.00 Math

Andrea Simancas^ # A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Pasadena, Texas 3.86 History

Taylor Hall Texas State Sr. Baytown, Texas 3.78 Exercise & Sports Science

Second Team

Name University Class Hometown GPA Major

Kendra Spivey# Sam Houston State Sr. Colleyville, Texas 3.90 Biology

Cara Hulme# UT Arlington Jr. Van, Texas 3.67 Kinesiology

Leah Boatright# Texas State Jr. Baytown, Texas 3.42 Marketing

Sarah Garcia Central Arkansas Jr. Slymar, Calif. 3.97 Family & Consumer Sciences

Jenna Emery Texas State So. Sugar Land, Texas 3.16 Respiratory Care

Lindsey Langner McNeese State So. Pearland, Texas 3.88 Health Education

Brandi Crnkovic Sam Houston State Sr. Caldwell, Texas 3.25 Caldwell, Texas

Cary Bruno# Northwestern State Sr. Pearland, Texas 3.52 Business Administration

Lauren Luetge Stephen F. Austin So. New Ulm, Texas 3.63 Kinesiology

Amanda Jameson# Northwestern State Sr. Burleson, Texas 3.75 Health & Exercise Science

Ainsley Pellerin Northwestern State Jr. Breaux Bridge, La. 3.87 Business Administration

$Student-Athlete of the Year

*First-Team All-Conference

^CoSIDA All-Academic District VI

#Two-time Academic Selection

!Three-time Academic Selection