November 2, 2009

Ballard and Kim Named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown senior co-captains Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA) and Melissa Kim (Bethesda, MD) have been named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District in women's soccer. A back, Ballard earned a spot on the First Team, after earning Second Team honors in 2008, while Kim is making her first appearance on the team, earning Third Team honors. As a First Team selection, Ballard's nomination will now be forwarded on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. The team is selected by voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA).

Ballard currently has a 3.75 GPA and is concentrating in Neuroscience. She has started all 14 of the Bears' games at center back this season, after playing mostly center-mid last year. A Second Team All-Ivy honoree in 2008, after earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors in 2007, Ballard has started 61 career games, missing just four, all due to injury. A selection to the 2006 Soccer Buzz Northeast Region All-Freshman Team, Ballard has played nearly every minute of every game during her career. She is a big part of the Bears' success in the air, using her 5'10" height to win many headers, while helping to control Brown's midfield transition. In 61 career games, Ballard has amassed 11 points on three goals and five assists, including 1-2-4 numbers in 2008. Ballard is also a member of Brown's swimming team, competing in both freestyle and backstroke.

An Academic All-Ivy honoree in 2008, Ballard is also a member of the National Scholars Honor Society. She has served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including a local crisis hotline, the Brain Awareness Outreach, the Health for Friends Clinic in Oklahoma, and Loveworks Community Service Projects through her church. Ballard also interned at both the Norman Surgical Clinic and the Dean McGee Eye Institute.

Kim currently has a 3.33 GPA and is double concentrating in Architectural Studies and Urban Studies. A four-year starter in the midfield, Kim has played in 61 career games, starting 58, and
missing just four games during her career, all due to injury. Melissa has finished among the Bears' top five scorers in each of her four years, and has posted 30 career points on 10 goals and 10 assists. Kim currently ranks third on the team in scoring this year with six points (2g, 2a) and ranks 18th all-time at Brown with 10 career assists.

Off the field, Kim has interned for the Transportation Planning Agency in Bethesda, MD during both the summer of 2008 and 2009. Kim, who studied in Rome during the spring of 2009, also received an award for "Best IN Cartography" from the National Council for Geographic Education for her research using digital mapping to compare park access in Southeast vs. Northwest Washington, DC, based on Socioeconomic factors.

Brown will close out the 2009 season this weekend when it travels to New Haven to face Yale in a 7:00 p.m. match on Saturday.