Two Hope College student-athletes are 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® NCAA Division III honorees, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Softball's Hayley Reitsma is one of 11 first-team selections in her sport, while baseball's Landon Brower is one of 11 second-team honorees in his.
A catcher, Reitsma recently graduated from Hope after majoring in biology. She plans to work as an aide in a physical therapy clinic while applying to graduate school.
Reitsma is one of 25 first-, second- or third-team honorees on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III softball teams to have at least a 3.90 grade point average.
On the field, Reitsma hit a career-high .413 this season — tops among Flying Dutch starters. She set a school record with 13 home runs and finished second on Hope this season with a career-high 44 RBIs. She also broke an MIAA record with 11 home runs.
Reitsma helped the Flying Dutch win a school-record 34 games this season along with claiming MIAA Tournament and NCAA Holland, Michigan Regional titles. She earned All-MIAA and all-region first team honors. She was named co-recipient of the John Schouten Award as the top female student-athlete at Hope.
A first baseman, Brower saw action in 42 games for the Flying Dutchmen and posted a .315 batting average. The first baseman from Holland, Michigan (Holland Christian HS) tied for fifth on the team with RBIs and totaled five doubles.
In the classroom, Brower held a 3.96 GPA going into his final semester as a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major. He plans to attend dental school at the University of Michigan.
Brower was one of 23 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III baseball teams to have at least a 3.90 GPA.
The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the program in 2017-18.