Nebraska Golfer Kate smith added another honor to her remarkable fifth season as a Husker, when she was voted All-America All-District 7 Academic First Team Selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, July 8.
Smith, a WGCA and Golfweek All-American, was the 2021 Big Ten Conference individual champion. She led Nebraska to a second tie at the conference championship – NU’s top conference team since 1984. Smith, who graduated from Nebraska in May 2021, posted a cumulative GPA of 3.59 as a major in graphic design during his university career.
Two-time WGCA All-American scholar and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Smith won the 2020 Big Ten Mary Fossum Award and was twice selected to the All-Big Ten First Team. She capped her college career by helping the United States to a team victory at the annual Arnold Palmer Cup in June. In addition to being the first Husker in history to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup, Smith was also the first Husker to compete in the Augusta Women’s National Amateur Championship.
Smith hopes to become the second CoSIDA Academic All-America golfer in the school’s history, joining 1996 award winner Heidi Wall (Stark).
Smith was joined by fellow Husker and two-time Big Ten diving champion Abigail Knapton in the At-Large CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 team. Six-time All-American, Knapton was the student-athlete of the year for the Nebraska in 2021.
The first, second and third CoSIDA Academic All-America teams in the At-Large division will be announced in early August.