Three Wildcats Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
TUCSON, Ariz. – Jessie Harper, Janelle Meono, and Sharlize Palacios, were named CoSIDA first-team Academic All-District, the association announced on Monday. The trio are Arizona Softball's most in program history and are now eligible to be named Academic All-America.
Harper, who graduated with her degree in sociology in 2020, is now a graduate student working on her master's in educational leadership and has a 3.74 GPA. The shortstop is the first Wildcat to be named Academic All-District three times since Leah O'Brien in 1997 and was named this year's Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. In her final season, Harper hit her 92nd home run, ranked second in NCAA history and first in Arizona history and will leave Arizona a three-time NFCA All-American and four-time All-Pac-12 and NFCA All-West Region.
Meono, a communications major with a 3.84 GPA, is receiving her first Academic All-District selection. The left-fielder had a breakout freshman season, being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Pac-12 Batting Champion with a .442 regular season batting average, NFCA All-America, All-Pac-12, and NFCA All-West Region.
Palacios, a marketing major, has a 3.51 GPA. Palacios is also receiving her first Academic All-District honor and was a first-team All-Pac-12 and second-team NFCA All-West Region selection. In addition, the designated player was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman and ranks seventh in Arizona history in home runs (18) and RBI (57).
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in late July.