OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College women's soccer player Georgia Vernardakis and baseball pitcher Dylan Bierman were selected 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® College Division Women's and Men's At-Large teams as named by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.
The college division includes two-year institutions, Canadian institutions and any United States four-year institutions not included with the NCAA and NAIA. This is the first year CoSIDA has honored a Google Cloud Academic All-America® College Division At-Large teams.
Football player Swayze Bozeman of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and field hockey player Margaret Pham from the University of Columbia collected the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year for the College Division men's and women's at-large.
Vernardakis, a sophomore defender from Manchester, England, has a 4.0 grade-point average as an exercise science major. One of the best defenders in program history, Vernardakis was a two-time Kansas Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference selection. She also twice was selected first-team All-Region VI and earned NJCAA third-team All-America honors following her freshman campaign. As a sophomore, Vernardakis finished the season with 16 points, six goals and three assists. She tied for for third on the team in goals scored. She also had one game-winning goal and tied for the team lead with two game-winning assists. Vernardakis will be attending Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., this fall.
Bierman, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Tulsa, Okla., also posted a 4.0 grade-point average as a business major. Bierman finished his career at JCCC with a 10-5 record, with 116 strikeouts over 113 innings pitched. His 113 innings rank 22nd all-time at JCCC, and his 116 strikeouts rank 17th all-time. This past season, Bierman made 16 appearances on the hill, 12 as a starter. He finished with a 6-3 record, a 3.33 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 67.2 innings pitched. His 81 strikeouts are the 19th most in a season at JCCC and ranked 10th in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference. His strikeouts per nine inning ratio of 10.77 also ranked 10th in the conference, and his 3.33 ERA was the eighth-best posted. Bierman will be attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., this fall.