Former McKinney High soccer standout Bethany Johnston has earned Third Team All American honors while competing for the Baylor Bears.
Johnson, a 2008 MHS graduate, has earned a 4.0 grade point average in biochemistry at Baylor. She is on track to graduate this spring and has already been accepted to the Texas A&M College of Medicine and UT San Antonio College of Medicine.
Johnston and teammate Dana Larsen earned the honors, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America. They were the Baylor program’s first academic all-americans since 2002.
“I am so proud of these two outstanding young ladies,” Baylor head coach Marci Jobson said. “They define what it is to be a student-athlete, performing both in the classroom and on the field. They take both very seriously and it shows.”
Johnston, a senior midfielder, appeared in all 22 games, adding a pair of assists. She was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 member and two-time Academic All-District winner.
Baylor, which was the only conference school with more than one member, wrapped up the season 15-4-3 with its most wins since 1998 and won its first NCAA Tournament game in program history.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.