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Kathryn Stockbower '11 Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America

Kathryn Stockbower '11 Named
ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American

by Mark Anskis

Kathryn Stockbower
Kathryn Stockbower '11

Garnet forward Kathryn Stockbower '11 , a biology and German studies major from Fort Washington, Pa., has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America women's basketball team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Stockbower is a third-team selection in the College Division and the lone representative from the Centennial Conference.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his or her team.

Stockbower is the 11th Academic All-America selection from Swarthmore. She is the first Garnet student-athlete to be recognized as an Academic All-American since Caitlin Mullarkey ’09 was named to the women's soccer team in 2008. She is the second Swarthmore women's basketball player to receive the honor,  following Heather Kile '02.

Stockbower, a preseason All-American, is coming off a tremendous 2009-10 campaign that saw her lead the Centennial Conference in rebounding (13.5 rpg), finish second in scoring (17.7 ppg), and third in shooting percentage (51.2) while finishing seventh in the nation in rebounding average. For the 2009-10 season, Stockbower finished with a Centennial Conference-leading 22 double-doubles while scoring in double-figures in all 25 of the Garnet's games. For her career, Stockbower has 64 double-doubles - just 15 shy of the NCAA Division III record - while scoring in double-figures in a Centennial Conference-record 72 consecutive games.

This season, Stockbower became just the second player  in Swarthmore history to register 1,000 career points and rebounds. She currently ranks fifth in all-time points (1,307) and second in all-time rebounds (1,013) at the College.

In a recent radio interview, Stockbower describes reaching the 1,000 rebound milestone, as well as her love of rebounding (she likes it more than scoring) and her decision to come to Swarthmore. "I looked at a lot of schools in the Centennial Conference," she says. "In the end, Swarthmore's tradition of academic excellence was definitely really important to me."

For her career, Stockbower has stockpiled numerous honors and awards: 2008-09 Centennial Conference Performer of the Year, 2009 WBCA All-Region, 2008 Centennial Conference First Team, Centennial Conference Player of the Week  (four times ), ECAC Performer of the Week (four times), and Team of the Week (three times).

Stockbower is only the fifth player in Centennial Conference history to be named to the women's basketball Academic All-America team and the first since Kathy Darling (Johns Hopkins) in 2003.