Two MW Student-Athletes Named to 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's At-Large Teams

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two Mountain West student-athletes have been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). San José State swimmer Darcie Anderson was a second-team selection, while Wyoming’s Veronica Popovici garnered third-team honors.

A recent summa cum laude graduate, Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a 3.983 grade point average. She served as the Vice President of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club this past school year. Anderson was a two-time President’s Scholar, three-time academic all-conference honoree and a San José State Scholar Athlete. In 2012, she was also a CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention honoree. In the pool, Anderson, a breaststroke specialist, won 14 races in 2013-14. She garnered All-Mountain West honors in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 2014 and was a 12-time all-conference award winner during her career. Anderson competed at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.

Popovici, a native of Piatra Neamt, Romania, recently completed her senior year with the Cowgirl tennis team. She finished the year with a 4.0 grade point average in family and consumer sciences. She is a three-time Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honoree. Popovici earned her fourth consecutive First Team All-Mountain West award in singles after going 20-11 overall during the 2013-14 campaign. She was also selected All-Mountain West for the third straight year with doubles partner Dorottya Jonas.

The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; and bowling, rowing and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Nominated student-athletes were then voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America in their respective districts.