June 5, 2012

Hopkins Named Capital One Academic All-American

Claremont, Calif. - Senior Perri Hopkins (Agoura, Calif.) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Third Team in a vote of a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) panel, it was announced today.

Hopkins becomes the third Sagehen to earn Academic All-America honors this year, joining football player James Lambert (first team) and baseball player Nick Gentili (third team). Cross country/track runners Annie Lydens and Anders Crabo are also still in the running when the cross/country track teams are announced later this month.

Hopkins' leadership was crucial in helping Pomona-Pitzer to a No. 1 ranking in Division III with a perfect 15-0 record, including 10-0 in conference games. Five of the 10 wins against SCIAC teams came in overtime, including sudden-death wins in the regular season finale (11-10 over Whittier) and the SCIAC Championship match (12-11 over Redlands). Hopkins had the game-winner against Whittier, and also gave the Sagehens their first lead late in the first overtime of the Redlands match.

In addition to her success in the conference, Hopkins was also named to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Water Polo Championship at San Diego State. She scored a goal in Pomona-Pitzer's opening round 17-5 loss to top-ranked Stanford, as the Sagehens improved off their performance from two years ago against Stanford (a 23-3 loss). In fact, Pomona-Pitzer scored more goals off Stanford than any other team in the NCAA Tournament this year, as the Cardinal went on to defeat UC Irvine 13-3 and USC 6-4 in the championship game.

Hopkins graduated this spring from Pitzer with a degree in biology (pre-med) and will attend medical school in the fall. She also worked with the Pitzer Vaccine Research Institute on a rabies vaccine as an undergraduate.

CoSIDA votes on Academic All-America teams for soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and cross country/track, while all other sports are nominated in the "at-large" category. Hopkins was the only water polo player (men or women) to be honored on the Division III All-America teams. Hopkins, men's swimmer Max Scholten and women's lacrosse player Martha Marich all received All-District 8 at-large honors last month from Pomona-Pitzer.