OKLAHOMA CITY (May 17, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian men’s tennis student-athlete Julio Pulido has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 Division II At-Large team, named by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The CoSIDA honor recognizes student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The At-Large category includes student-athletes from numerous sports, including tennis, golf, men’s wrestling, lacrosse, ice hockey, fencing, men’s volleyball, skiing, rifle, swimming, gymnastics and water polo.
To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore status athletically, have legitimate athletic credentials and have been at the nominating institution at least one calendar year.
The Academic All-District awards are divided into eight geographic districts and four categories. During the 2012-13 academic year, for the first time, Oklahoma Christian student-athletes competed for awards in the NCAA Division II category. District 6 includes universities that are members of the Heartland, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Lone Star Conferences – a total of 35 schools.
Pulido is OC’s first Academic All-District honoree while competing in the Division II category. The sophomore from Caceras, Spain, carries a 3.63 GPA in accounting. On the court, he went 10-1 while playing at No. 4 singles for the Eagles, ending the season with a 10-match winning streak. He went 9-2 in doubles, playing at the No. 2 position.
He twice earned Heartland Conference player of the week honors this spring, helping OC rise to No. 9 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division II rankings in late March. He also was a member of the 2012 OC squad that won the program’s second NAIA championship.
Pulido will advance to the Academic All-America ballot, from which first-, second- and third-team selections will be made later this month. In 2012, while competing in the College Division, OC had two Academic All-America first-team selections from its men’s tennis team – Martin Poboril and Renardy Guelfi.