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May 6, 2010

2010 Season - Quaritsch named to academic all-district team

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Karlee Quaritsch, Augustana's career leader in home runs, has been named to the ESPN - The Magazine Academic All-District team for 2010.

Augustana senior catcher Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine HS, Palatine, Ill.) has been named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-District team in softball, it was announced today. Quaritsch, a psychology and Spanish major who carries a 3.51 grade point average, was a third team selection.

She has enjoyed an outstanding senior season and currently leads the Vikings in hitting with a .440 average with 48 hits in 109 at-bats. Quaritsch has scored a team high 29 runs and also is tops on the club in home runs with nine. She has eight doubles, 29 runs-batted-in, 10 walks and four stolen bases. She carries a .761 (83 total bases in 109 at-bats) slugging percentage.

The Augustana school record holder for career home runs with 29, Quaritsch is currently on the Vikings’ career list in seven offensive categories. In addition to being first in home runs, she is third in RBI (104), fifth in runs scored (102), seventh in hits (151), doubles (27) and batting average (.382) and eighth in at-bats (395). She also has the top three single season home run totals ever for the Vikings with a school record 11 in 2008 followed by years of nine each in 2009 and 2010.

Twice she has been named first team in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin with both of those selections (2008 & 2009) coming when she played third base. She has moved to catcher for her senior year. Quaritsch was also a third team all-region selection in 2008 and second team pick in 2009.

A two time team captain, she is an active member of Athletes-Giving-Back and she helped work for a project called “Hip-Hop Hope” this past winter. She studied internationally in Ecuador and Peru in the summer of 2007, where she earned a Freistat Fellowship. She was involved in the EMERGE Leadership Program and was inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society in psychology in 2008.

She is the daughter of Mike and Shannon Quaritsch of Palatine, Illinois.

Currently, Augustana ranks sixth in the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans produced. The top 10 is as follows: (1) Nebraska – 271; (2) Notre Dame – 213; (3) Penn State – 162; (4) M.I.T. – 161; (5) Stanford – 140; (6) Augustana – 132; (7) Bucknell – 119; (8) Texas – 118; (9) Emory - 114; (10) UCLA – 113. In order to be eligible for consideration the student-athlete has to have at least a 3.20 grade point average and be a starter or at least a valuable reserve. The nominees are voted on by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and is done first at the district and then the national level. Quaritsch was selected in District Five, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota.