FLORENCE, S.C. – For the second consecutive year, six members of the Francis Marion University women’s softball team have received National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition.
The six players were infielders Tristan Faile and Carson Summersett, outfielders Chelle Phillips and Olivia Zielinski, catcher Olivia Ferguson, and pitcher Cea Knox.
To be eligible for the team, players must have compiled a 3.5 grade point average (or higher) for the past (2010-11) academic year. Faile, Ferguson, and Knox all earn this recognition for the second time in their careers.
Phillips, a native of Waukee, Iowa, graduated in May with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and a 3.452 cumulative grade point average. Knox, a native of Myrtle Beach, graduated with a B.S. degree in political science and a 3.873 GPA.
Faile, who hails from Lancaster, S.C., and Ferguson, a native of Roanoke, Va., are both biology majors. Faile registered a perfect 4.00 grade point average during the 2011 spring semester. Both are now juniors.
Summersett is a Florence native and a product of West Florence High School. She is an early childhood education major, while Zielinski is from Greenville and has yet to declare a major. Both are now sophomores.
Francis Marion finished its 2011 campaign with a 24-21-1 record.
Over the past seven years, the FMU softball program has garnered 49 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes awards.