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Couillard Named First Team Academic All-American

Mary-Clare Couillard, a Hamline graduate in the class of 2017, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team for softball. She is the first Hamline athlete to be named to a team by CoSIDA three years in a row, and she is the only MIAC athlete on the team in 2017. In addition to this incredible honor, Couillard was also named winner of the Elite 22 Award by the MIAC for softball.

These honors are not the start of Couillard’s accomplishments. While she was at Hamline, Couillard had tremendous success both on and off the field. She finished her softball career at Hamline as just the second Piper ever to record 200 hits. She batted .391 this spring–.398 over her college career–with a team high 19 bases on balls. She struck out just three times in 139 total plate appearances. This year, she was selected to the MIAC All-Conference team for the third straight time.

When she was not playing softball, Couillard studied public health science and psychology. At the 2017 Commencement Ceremony, she graduated with a 4.00 GPA. She served as co-president of Hamline's Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) chapter for the past two years and has been instrumental in helping to organize several Special Olympics events, including an annual basketball game with Augsburg. She also served as the chief assistant in the Sports Information Office for all four years she attended Hamline.

Couillard is the fifth Piper in the last six years to earn a spot on a CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team. Liz Stock made the women’s soccer team in 2011. Becky Culp was named to the track and field team in 2013. Courtney Benson earned a spot on the At-Large gymnastics team in 2014. Most recently, Mark Volker was a 2015 selection for track and field.

For more information on Couillard’s athletic record or her accomplishments, visit the Hamline athletics website.