Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw's Paige Gooch (Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood), a May graduate and member of the women's golf team, has been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Women's At-Large First Team. She was a second team selection last year.
Gooch earned a bachelor of arts degree and graduated cum laude. Through her first seven semesters, she carried a 3.70 cumulative grade point average with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics.
She also was a Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma (National College Athlete Honor Society) inductee and a student in DePauw's Management Fellows Program. Earlier this spring she earned DePauw's Amy Hasbrook Award as the top senior female student-athlete.
Gooch joined Sarah Gates '07 as the only four-time all-America selections in DePauw women's golf history when she earned first team honors this year to go along with second team distinction each of her first three seasons.
This season Gooch posted a 78.2 stroke average over 25 rounds for the second-best average in a DePauw season and was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Year for the second straight time after winning her second consecutive NCAC title. She earned similar honors in 2011 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference prior to being named the Division III Freshman of the Year.
Gooch finished her career with a 79.02 average over 98 rounds which broke the previous DePauw record held by Gates. This year she won five of the 11 tournaments in which she competed with 10 finishes in the top 10. Over her career she won 10 events and was a top-10 finisher 32 times.
During her four seasons, the Tigers finished no worse than eighth at the national championships and matched the program's best finish with a second-place showing in 2012. As an individual, Gooch finished in the top 14 three times in her four NCAA appearances.
In all, DePauw student-athletes have earned 52 Academic All-America® honors since Ike Tallman's selection to the 1958 football team. The complete list of DePauw honorees is available here.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average 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.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® program, please visit the CoSIDA site.