BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – June 14, 2018 – Demonstrating excellence on and off the ice, a trio of players from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Women's At Large Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). St. Cloud State's Janine Alder, Minnesota's Sydney Baldwin and the Golden Gophers' Sidney Peters were the only three ice hockey players among the forty-five women to be honored for their combined performances in athletics and in the classroom.
The women's at-large teams for the Google Cloud Academic All-America program include the sports of beach volleyball, bowling, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
Janine Alder, So., G, St. Cloud State (Zürich, Switzerland)
Alder, a 2016-17 WCHA All-Rookie Team honoree, continued to emerge as one of the league's top goaltenders during a thrilling sophomore season that included time away to play for her native Switzerland at the 2018 Winter Olympics. A mass communication major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, this is her first Google Cloud Academic All-America Award. A four-time WCHA weekly award winner, Alder was a 2017-18 WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient and a member of the league's All-Academic team.
Sydney Baldwin, Sr., D, Minnesota (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Baldwin, a native of Minnetonka, Minn., had an outstanding senior season, during which she was named a CCM/AHCA First Team All-American, WCHA Player off the Year, and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. Baldwin also earned All-WCHA First Team honors and a Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist nod and led the Gophers to the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff title and the program's 11th-straight NCAA tournament berth. She had at least one point in 23 of 38 games, including seven multi-point games with two multi-goal games. After earning her first Google Cloud Academic All-District award, she has now secured her first Google Cloud Academic All-America award. Baldwin wrapped up her Gophers career as a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete and WCHA All-Academic honoree. She graduated with degrees in Health Services Management and Human Resources Development this spring.
Sidney Peters, RS-Sr., G, Minnesota (Geneva, Ill.)
A native of Geneva, Ill., Peters wrapped up her Gophers career by recording a .922 save percentage and a 1.93 goals-against average while playing in 28 games for the Maroon & Gold this season. She was named the WCHA Final Faceoff Most Outstanding Player after leading Minnesota to the 2018 WCHA postseason title. Along with her success on the ice, Peters was named the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award recipient. She is a four-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete and WCHA All-Academic honoree and has earned her first Google Cloud Academic All-District award of her career. Peters graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and plans to attend medical school at the Uniformed Services University where she will serve in the Air Force.