AUSTIN, TEXAS – Senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) of the Norwich University softball team became the first-ever Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history recently.
Oliver was selected to the third team, becoming Norwich's 12th CoSIDA Academic All-American in the last eight years and the 15th overall in school history. The CoSIDA Academic All-American program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Oliver was a three-sport standout for the Cadets on the volleyball, women's basketball and softball teams prior to graduating this past May. The 3.94 mechanical engineering major with a pre-med track was named the Norwich University Senior Female Athlete of the Year. She was also presented with the Looke Award, which is given to the senior who has distinguished himself/herself athletically, academically and has displayed leadership as a civilian.
Oliver compiled a 10-8 record on the mound with a 3.31 earned run average this season. She also batted .348 with a home run and 13 RBIs to go along with 32 hits on the season.
In total in her softball career, she totaled 28 wins, 194 strikeouts and a 3.78 earned run average in the circle. She also collected 120 hits, four home runs, 66 RBIs and a .317 career batting average. Oliver earned GNAC Third Team All-Conference honors as a freshman.
As a senior on the volleyball court, she broke program single season assists and assists per set record with 754 and 7.94 respectively. She also ranks in the top ten in program history in career totals for service aces, digs, blocks, sets played, matches played, and assists.
Oliver was also a four-year member of the women's basketball program and ranked second on the team this year, averaging 11.3 points per game.
On top of her athletic accomplishments, Oliver was a captain on all three of her teams as a senior. She won the Student Engineer of the Year Award, which is given annually by the Vermont Society of Engineers and won the Tau Beta Pi award for the engineering honors society. She also served as a peer tutor and was on the Honor Committee.
Oliver earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in both volleyball and softball, becoming the first athlete in Norwich history to achieve that honor in multiple categories in the same academic year. Oliver was the lone representative from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) on this year's softball Academic All-American teams.
She is the third female from Norwich University to earn Academic All-American honors and the first since Julie Fortier '12 (women's ice hockey). Norwich has had at least one Academic All-American each of the last four years with Derek Lotito (football) and Braeden Ostepchuk (men's hockey) earning the honor in 2016. Ostepchuk then repeated in 2017 and became Norwich's first Academic All-American of the Year in 2018 while becoming the first three-time Academic All-American as well.
Oliver will be starting medical school at the University of Vermont this fall with the support of a U.S. Navy scholarship.