Austin, Texas – Lynn University continued its academic success with the announcement of women’s golfer Jessica Bradley and women’s swimmer Tyne Potgieter as Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Team selections on Wednesday. Bradley was honored as a first team honoree for the second consecutive year while Potgieter becomes the first swimmer in school history to collect Capital One recognition.
Once again the Sunshine State Conference was well-represented with seven selections across the first-, second- and third-teams. Lynn was the only conference institution, and one of six in the nation, with multiple honorees, while Bradley was joined by Division II Women’s At-Large Academic All-American of the Year Kristin Day as the only repeat winner.
Bradley’s newest accolade puts her in elite company in school history. A sports management major with a 3.90 grade point average, she becomes just the second student-athlete for any sport to be a two-time first team honoree, joining men’s soccer player James Hayers (2007-08) as the only other recipient, and the sixth to earn multiple Academic All-America accolades. Joining Bradley and Hayers are Michele Newman (Volleyball 2001 & 2003), Dragana Ilic (Women’s Tennis 2005-06), Kyle Conrad (Men’s Soccer 2009-10) and Devon Woolard (Volleyball 2009-10).
The Bishops Nympton, England, product was recently honored as the Division II Women’s Golf Honda Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year and was already selected as the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Co-National Player of the Year for the second straight season. She became the first student-athlete for Lynn in any sport to be named a two-time national player of the year and is the fourth women’s golfer in Division II history to be honored in back-to-back years.
A two-time NCAA Division II National Champion, Bradley led the Fighting Knights to a third place finish at the 2015 NCAA National Championship and added to her legacy by ending her career sharing or owning school records for lowest 18- (68) and 56-hole (216) totals, stroke average (73.27 – 2013-14) and top-10 finishes (13) in a season and stroke average (75.06), top-10 finishes (65) and victories (seven) in a career.
Potgieter was a pioneer for the newly-started women’s swimming program. The three-year letterwinner leaves as the most decorated swimmer in the third-year program’s existence. This past season the Durban, South Africa, native earned First Team All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke and honorable mention recognition in the 200 breaststroke, both firsts for her. She has twice been selected a College Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American after posting a 3.98 GPA in Psychology.