Congratulations, Academic All-Americans!

Brittany Fairbairn '11

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June 21, 2011

Three student-athletes are being recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America for outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

Men’s golfer Coby Thompson ’11, women’s golfer Kelly Amundrud ’12, and softball player Brittany Fairbairn ’11 join an elite group of 16 Bradley student-athletes to be named Academic All-Americans since 1969. It’s the first time Bradley has boasted three Academic All-Americans in the same school year since 2007-08.

To be eligible for Capital One 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.

Thompson and Fairbairn were Second Team Academic All-America selections, while Amundrud received Third-Team honors. Thompson is the first Bradley men's golfer to earn the achievement.

“Brittany, Coby and Kelly are all to be commended for their commitment to excelling in both the classroom and in competition,” said Bradley Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross. “The diligence and dedication of our student-athletes, coupled with the support they receive from our coaches, academic support staff and the University’s distinctive faculty, is a powerful combination and helps make this type of recognition possible.”

The 2011 Charles Orsborn Award winner, Thompson posted seven career top-10 finishes and finished out his career as just the fourth player in program history with 80 or more career rounds in the 70s. A chemistry major with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average, he will begin medical school in the fall.

Fairbairn and Amundrud are the fifth and sixth female Academic All-America picks in school history. 

A first-team all-conference honoree in the outfield, Fairbairn led the team with a .351 batting average and her 61 hits this spring tied for the eighth best single season total in school history. She hit an impressive .400 in Missouri Valley Conference play and led the Valley with seven triples. Fairbairn also paced the team in doubles, slugging percentage, on base percentage, sacrifice hits and stolen bases.

Amundrud finished the 2010-11 season second in the conference with a career-best 75.79 stroke average, which ranks as the second lowest season stroke average in school history. A two-time medalist last year, Amundrud matched the school season record for top-10 finishes with seven. She was Bradley's top finisher in seven of 11 events and tied for sixth at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship. An accounting major with a 3.93 cumulative grade point average, Amundrud enters her senior season with the lowest career stroke average in school history (75.75) and is third at Bradley with 69 career rounds in the 70s.