The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Baseball and Softball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Anna Strien, a 2014 graduate of Waterloo Columbus High School, was one of 12 athletes selected Academic All-District® from District 8. District 8 is comprised of 20 states (Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) and Canada.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America® honorees will announced in June.
Strien, a two-time first-team all-Iowa Conference selection and two-time NFCA all-region honoree, was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection last year. She has helped lead the nationally ranked Norse to a regular season record of 35-8. This past Saturday, May 5, Luther captured the Iowa Conference Tournament championship for a third consecutive year, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III National Softball Tournament. The Norse are making their 19th appearance in the national tournament, its 10th consecutive and 11th in the last 12 years.
Strien, a 2017 first team NFCA All-American, is having another outstanding year. Heading into regional play, she is batting .468 with 40 RBI. She has set the Luther career records (current totals) for RBI (165), doubles (55) and hit-by-pitch (40). She also ranks second in career hits (216), third for runs scored (152) and is second in defensive assists (262).
Strien is a Political Science major who has accumulated a grade point average of 3.72. She is the daughter of Todd Strien of Williamston, Michigan.