BEMIDJI Minn. -- Bemidji State University tennis senior Hannah Peterson has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America College Division Academic All-District® First Team for her efforts on the court and in the classroom. She becomes the first member of the BSU tennis team to ever be selected for the award, which dates back to 1952.
Peterson, who appeared in all 11 matches for BSU in 2021, recorded a 4-7 record as BSU's No. 4 singles player. The two-time team captain also teamed up with Isabela Nelson and Laney Rutkowski to post a 6-6 record as a doubles player, which included a 4-4 mark with Nelson at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
A three-time Academic All-NSIC selection and recipient of the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence Award, Peterson was also selected for the 2020 Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award and was a regular on BSU’s Dean's List and Athletic Director's 3.0 Club. She graduated from BSU in May 2021 with a 4.0 cumulative GPA as an exercise science major with a psychology minor and a coaching certificate.
The Menomonie, Wis. native finished her BSU tennis career with a 20-19 record in singles play, while she was 14-13 as a doubles player.
Due to Peterson’s first-team nod, she will now be included on the 2021 College Division CoSIDA Academic All-America® At-Large ballot, which will be voted on later this month and announced August 5.
The Beavers finished the 2021 season 4-8 and qualified for their fifth straight appearance in the NSIC Tournament before being defeated in the quarterfinal round by 10-time conference tournament champion Augustana University, 4-0, April 23.
BSU has now had at least one student-athlete named to the all-district team in each of the last 20 years and boasts 28 academic All-America selections dating back to the 1970s.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).