Texas A&M - Corpus Christi junior softball player Hannah Schwarz has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team it was announced on Thursday. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and it is the third such honor for an Islanders softball player in the program's history.
"It's nice to get recognized for the honor," said Schwarz. "We put a lot of work and effort into it both on the field and in the classroom.
"The coaches stress working hard in everything we do, so we just push as hard as we can to be the best student-athlete possible."
She currently carries a 4.0 GPA in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on education, matching her excellence on the field with a superior work ethic in the classroom. She has career goals of being a teacher and eventually a principal as she hopes to be able to make a positive impact on the lives of as many people as possible.
"Hannah is one of the best players I have ever had the opportunity to coach," said head coach Jake Schumann. "Not only has she done a great job on the field, but her dedication in the classroom and in the community is second-to-none.
"She is always going above and beyond the norm. Whether it is getting in extra swings after practice and on days off or going the extra mile to help someone out, she has been the example of a true student-athlete."
The centerfielder led the team in hitting for a second-straight year with a .345 batting average and was ninth in the Southland Conference. She finished second in the league with 67 hits and tied for first in runs scored with 40 on the season. She added 13 RBI and 12 walks while stealing nine bases during the year. Her seven sacrifice hits were second on the team.
She started 58-of-60 team games this past year while playing in 59 total contests during the season. In her two year career she has the highest career batting average at .376 and has played in 114 of a possible 117 games in her two years on the Island.
In addition to Schwarz's selection this year, former softball player Katie Evans was a second team member in 2003 and garnered first team honors following the 2004 season.
She was eligible for the honor after being named First Team All-District VI during the year. She has also been a two-time First Team All-Southland member and was named the 2010 Newcomer of the Year by the league.
She was also named First Team All-Region by the NFCA last year while garnering a second team honor for her play this year. The junior was a big part of the Islanders first-ever Southland Conference Championship in softball with her contributions on the field.
In addition to her on-the-field honors, Schwarz was recently named the women's honoree for the Southland Conference's Steve McCarty Citizenship Award. She was recognized for her excellence both athletically as well as in the classroom and the local community.
She is the Community Service Chair for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is the softball teams voting member for the SAAC. She has helped organize many charitable such as the Samaritans Feet program that helps collect shoes for less-fortunate children and the local Toys For Tots gift drive for the Corpus Christi area. She has also participated in the "Making Strides" for breast cancer awareness walk and has spoken to local Boys and Girls Club of America chapters about her experiences as a collegiate athlete.
She also serves as a tutor on a weekly basis for the Boys and Girls Club as well as being an Islander Athlete Mentor and a Certified Peer Educator at the University. She has been featured in the iThink, iChoose, iGraduate campaign as a member of the Islander Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (I-ADAPT).
For all of the work she puts in above and beyond expectations, she was also named the Lee Denmon III Sportsmanship Award winner by the Islanders athletic department this year. The honor is given to the athlete most exemplifying the dedication to both athletics and the community during their time at the University.