AUSTIN, Texas - California team captains Emily Smith and Emma Westin have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American second and third teams, respectively, the organization announced on Monday. This is the first Academic All-American award received by both Smith and Westin.
The full list of Academic All-American teams and the complete release from CoSIDA can be found here.
The All-American teams are awarded by CoSIDA to the most accomplished student-athletes for academic and athletic achievement each year. Both Smith and Westin were voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team in June with teammates Paige Metayer and Angelina Anderson. All-District selections advance to the national ballot where members vote for Academic All-America teams within their division.
A senior defender, Smith has gained national recognition for her all around achievements and was recently awarded Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. A mainstay on the Cal backline, Smith has helped the team to 26 shutouts during her time with the Golden Bears. She was drafted 31st overall in the 2021 NWSL Draft and finished the season as the no. 67 ranked student athlete in the TopDrawerSoccer National Top 100. Smith's second team selection marks her first CoSIDA All-American award after earning All-District honors for three consecutive seasons. Smith also earned Scholar All-American accolades from United Soccer Coaches during the 2019 season.
Senior midfielder Westin has been the Bears' scoring leader for two consecutive seasons. Westin led Cal in goals, assists, and points during the spring 2021 season despite missing the final three games due to injury. The Swede earned her second Academic All-District honor this season and previously earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region awards in 2019. Westin was selected to the Academic All-American third team, marking her first Academic All-American selection.
Both Smith and Westin will return for a fifth season in the fall of 2021 after receiving an additional year of collegiate eligibility from the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.