MOUNT PLEASANT -- Senior Kaihla Szunko was named Capital One Academic All-District first-team by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.
The Saginaw native boasts a 3.83 grade-point average in health fitness and sits among the national leaders in several statistical categories, including rebounding (eighth), field goal percentage (13th) and double-doubles (fourth).
She put together a triple-double, just the second in program history, against Wichita State on Dec. 22, scoring 21 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and nabbing a CMU single-game record 10 steals.
Szunko will be placed on the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where First, Second and Third Team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
CMU has had six Academic All-Americans in its history, including 1987 first-team honoree Jody Beerman. Szunko is the first Academic All-District first-team choice in program history, and the first of any team since 2006.
The teams are comprised by ballots distributed to sports information directors across the country. To be eligible, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, and have completed at least one full year at her current institution.