May 18, 2012
Kelsey Kittleson, a senior catcher at Luther College, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Championship. With this honor, she became the first student-athlete in history to win the award three times in the same sport.
Kittleson, majoring in biology, currently carries a 4.0 GPA. Kittleson was presented the award at the NCAA III Softball Championship Finals Banquet on Thursday, May 17 in Salem, Va.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to ncaa.com/elite89.
Kittleson, a 2008 graduate of St. Ansgar High School, is the daughter of Barry and Pam Kittleson of St. Ansgar, Iowa.
St. Ansgar, Iowa