DUBOIS, Pa. – Today the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) hosted its 2019 USCAA All-American Awards Banquet. The 1:00 p.m. ceremony began with an endless buffet, a keynote speaker named Devin Mesoraco, and finished with the 2019 All-American awards presentation. The Pomeroys were well-represented as three players were named USCAA All-American and three earned USCAA National All-Academic. Nevertheless, SMWC secured the USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year award as well.
Taylor Andrew was unanimously selected as USCAA First Team All-American. Andrew is no stranger to All-American status as she earned All-American accolades in the previous seasons. She has pitched 74.0 innings and serves as the Pomeroys top pitcher. With 47 strikeouts and nine wins on the mound, Taylor leads the team. She also has the lowest ERA with a 2.08. She will be a huge contributor in The Woods post-season run at Nationals.
Hollie Jones impressive performance this year tagged her as a USCAA Second Team All-American. This is her third-year in-a-row landing All-American status. Jones batting average is whopping .396. She has tallied 36 hits, 23 stolen bases, 14 RBI's, four doubles, two triples, and an inside the park home run! She is also one of the Pomeroys best defensive players. This season, Jones broke the school record for career steals and continues to set the bar very high.
Katelynn Kennedy landed on the USCAA Second Team All-American list. Kennedy is a fierce competitor at the plate and on the mound. Batting she holds a .387 batting average, notched 21 hits, 14 RBI's, and hit two home runs. On the mound, she has pitched 72.2 innings, tallied 60 strikeouts, and holds an ERA of 2.12. She has earned six wins on the season and continues to be a dual-threat.
Nicole Niespodziany, Katelynn Kennedy, and Kindra Gingerich were named to the USCAA National All-Academic team. The National All-Academic Award is designed to recognize all student-athletes (sophomores, juniors, and seniors at four-year institutions) who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00-point system) or greater.
Kindra Gingerich ended the night as the 2019 USCAA Softball Student-Athlete of the Year. Gingerich, a 5-foot-7 senior from Kokomo, Indiana (Northwestern High School) is a member of the Softball and Hunt Seat/Western Equestrian teams.
From an academic standpoint, she is a double major studying Equine Training & Instruction and Graphic Design. Kindra is a 2x USCAA National All-Academic Team Member and a 3x IHSA All-Academic Second Team Member.
In the community, she is volunteered at the United Way of the Wabash Valley where she worked as an Assistant Designer and Marketing Intern. She volunteered at the Hoosier Horse Fair on two separate occasions, was a Clinician Host for Madison Shambaugh, and worked at the Agape Therapeutic Riding Center in Cicero, Indiana. At Agape, she helped the mentally and physically disabled kids and adults as Riding Instructor.
On campus, Kindra was involved with the Collegiate Horsemen's Association (CHA) where she designed their logo, served on the Mascot Committee, earned the status of Chore Team Leader, and served as the volunteer Photographer at Equestrian shows.
On the diamond, she played an instrumental role on the SMWC 2016 and 2017 USCAA National Championship softball teams. In the 2016 season, she was named USCAA All-Tournament Team. In 2018, she helped lead her team to a 2018 USCAA National Runner-Up finish.
For the Hunt Seat Equestrian team, she qualified for the 2018 IHSA Regionals, Zones, and Nationals in Walk/Trot. She competed in the 2018 IHSA National Championships and earned 5th place in Walk/Trot. In 2019, she was an IHSA Regional Qualifier in Walk/Trot/Canter and an IHSA National Qualifier in Open Reining. Also, she earned a spot in the 2019 IHSA Regionals, Zones, and Nationals.
For the Western Equestrian team, she was a 2018 IHSA Regional and Semi-Final Qualifier in Walk/Trot. In 2019, she competed in the IHSA Regional and Semi-Finals in Open Rail and Reining.
Kindra was sitting at the table in the back of the banquet hall with her teammates before the Matthew Simms began describing her accomplishments, "They started talking through my accolades and it was a really cool feeling knowing that all my hard work is being recognized." Walking up to receive the award, Kindra was very proud and humbled, "I was very excited, and I am so thankful for everyone who has helped get me to this point. Without so many of them, I would not be where I am at today."
The softball team will take on #5 Penn State-Beaver tomorrow in the first round of the USCAA Small College World Series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET.
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