By Steve LeMaster
August 7, 2013
COLUMBIA - Lindsey Wilson College senior midfielder Mia Persson has been selected as the Capital One College Division Academic All-American of the Year as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Persson was named Capital One College Division Academic All-American of the Year for women’s soccer on November 26. She was selected as the College Division Academic All-American of the Year out of the 12 sport recipients during the 2012-13 academic year.
The college division is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
Persson concluded her collegiate career in dream-like fashion earning the NAIA Women’s Soccer Player of the Year en route to leading the Blue Raiders to the program’s third NAIA National Championship.
The Sjobo, Sweden, native finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in goals (72) and points (170).
Persson earned her second straight Mid-South Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year honor in 2012 and is a four-time first team all-conference selection. In December, she became the first four-time NAIA All-American in Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer history.
She also picked up the NAIA National Tournament’s most valuable player award and the tournament’s champion of character honor.
Persson graduated in May with a 3.92 grade point average. The communication major earned NAIA Scholar Athlete both times she was eligible for the honor and Academic All Mid-South Conference three times.
During her four-year career, Lindsey Wilson posted a 74-15-5 record - including a 20-4-1 mark in 2012. In addition to the national championship, the Blue Raiders won four MSC regular season titles and three conference tournament titles.
According to the CoSIDA website, to be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.