Holmes Selected Google Cloud Academic All-America

Holmes Selected Google Cloud Academic All-America

AUSTIN, Texas – Taylor Holmes of the Suffolk softball team has made history as the first-ever Academic All-American in the program's 34-year history as the senior earned a spot on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Third-team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced Tuesday afternoon. 

Holmes, who hails from Ashford, Connecticut, recently completed her undergraduate studies as a double major in accounting and big data and business analytics with an impressive 3.95 GPA. The Ashford, Connecticut native claimed a spot on the NFCA All-Northeast Region Third Team and All-GNAC First Team after leading the Rams inside the circle with a 1.91 ERA and 58 strikeouts over 66.0 innings of action in 13 appearances and 12 starts.   

The RHP went unbeaten in the regular season, helping Suffolk to its third GNAC regular season crown in the last four seasons and aided in a conference championship run in the league's postseason tournament. 

Holmes is the first-ever Suffolk softball player to earn Academic All-America status after becoming the second-ever student-athlete to earn all-district laurels in the program history behind Angela Belanger, who achieved the feat in 2006. 

Additionally, Holmes is the first-ever female student-athlete in Suffolk history to claim Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. Men's basketball's Brian Small is the Rams' only male student-athlete to garner the nod, earning such laurels in 2006-07, and was the lone blue-and-gold competitor to hold such status until Holmes. 

Of the 33 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Softball Team, 25 have at least a 3.90 GPA with 11 student-athletes maintaining a 4.00 GPA (or better) as either undergraduate or graduate students. Holmes is one of two GNAC student-athletes to earn a spot on the prestigious team with Johnson & Wale's Katie Rufo representing the league on the first team. 

2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Softball Team Division III 


P   Kassie Howard (2)   Berry College   Sr.   3.81   Exercise Science
P   Sam Platt   TCNJ   Sr.   4.00   Biology
C   Hayley Reitsma   Hope College   Sr.   3.90   Biology
IF   Hannah Anderson   Ithaca College   Jr.   3.99   Clinical Health Studies
IF   Taylor Arends (3)   Washington University in St. Louis   Jr.   3.96   Psychological & Brain Studies
IF   Maddie Flasco (#)   Otterbein University   Sr.   3.97   Biology
IF   Alyson Shaw   Otterbein University   Jr.   4.00   Early Childhood Education
OF   Makenzie Duncan   Saint Mary's College (Ind.)   Sr.   4.00   Integrative Biology
OF   Katie Shade   MIT   Sr.   4.00   Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
OF   Katie Wede   Case Western Reserve University   Sr.   4.00   Accounting
DP   Katie Rufo   Johnson & Wales (R.I.)   Sr.   4.00   Sports, Events & Entertainment Management


P   Mackenzie Murphy   Williams College   Jr.   3.74   Biology
P   Beth Wood   University of Wisconsin-Stout   Sr.   4.00   Dietetics
C   Ashley Allen   Simpson College   Jr.   3.90   Sports Administration
IF   Jessica Gott   University of Puget Sound   Sr.   3.99   Psyschology
IF   Briana Halle   Claremont-Mudd-Scripps   Sr.   3.98   Science & Management
IF   Rachel Johnson    Washington & Jefferson College   Jr.   3.90   Neuroscience
IF   Anna Strien (2)   Luther College   Sr.   3.72   Political Science
OF   Laura Finke (2)   Thomas More College   Sr.   3.95   Biology
OF   Allison Meyer   George Fox University   So.   4.00   Elementary Education
OF   Brittany Tuttle   Berry College   Sr.   3.93   Exercise Science
DP   Sarah Von Ahn   MIT   So.   4.00   Mathematics & Computer Science


P   Hannah Bibeault   Stockton University   Sr.   3.97   Health Science
P   Taylor Holmes   Suffolk University   Sr.   3.95   Accounting & Big Data & Business Analytics
C   Lexi Curt   Williams College   Sr.   3.64   History (Pre-Medicine)
IF   Brittney Birkhauser   Saint Mary's University (Minn.)   Sr.   3.97   Actuarial Science
IF   Kirsten Drobiak    Springfield College   Sr.   3.79   Physician Assistant
IF   Melissa Livermore   University of Texas at Dallas   Jr.   3.86   Healthcare Studies
IF   Harper Patsko   Rampo College   Jr.   4.00   History & Journalism
OF   Morgan Arst   East Texas Baptist University   So.   4.00   Business
OF   Ama Biney (^)   Worcester Polytechnic Institute   Sr.   3.67   Management Engineering
OF   Stefanie Polderman (1)   University of Texas at Dallas   Sr.   3.90   Biochemistry
DP   Aubree Douglas   Hamline University   Jr.   3.88   Psychology

Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year:
Makenzie Duncan, Saint Mary's College (Ind.)

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team selection in 2017
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second-team selection in 2017
(3) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third-team selection in 2017
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second-team selection in 2017 and third-team selection in 2016
(^) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third-team selection in 2016