July 27, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Four of Notre Dame’s 22 sports that compete in the BIG EAST Conference were honored with the 2010-11 BIG EAST Academic Team Excellence Awards recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport. The Fighting Irish women’s golf (3.582), men’s swimming & diving (3.274), men’s indoor track & field (3.321) and men’s outdoor track & field teams (3.321) were each recipients of the fourth annual awards.

In total, 20 of Notre Dame’s 22 teams that compete in the BIG EAST conference earned better than a 3.00 GPA and they averaged a 3.253 cumulative GPA during the recently completed academic year. The Irish women’s golf team paced all Notre Dame teams with a 3.582 mark.

Eleven BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored as DePaul finished with a conference-best five teams recognized. Notre Dame and Syracuse had four teams recognized, while Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville and St. John’s had two each. Rutgers, Seton Hall and West Virginia were each represented by one team.

The winners were chosen based on the 2010-11 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution’s roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.

2010-11 BIG EAST Team Excellence Award WinnersSport                          SchoolBaseball                       St. John'sMen's Basketball               LouisvilleWomen's Basketball             DePaulMen's Cross Country            Rutgers and VillanovaWomen's Cross Country          West VirginiaField Hockey                   GeorgetownFootball                       CincinnatiMen's Golf                     DePaulWomen's Golf                   Notre DameMen's Lacrosse                 VillanovaWomen's Lacrosse               LouisvilleWomen's Rowing                 GeorgetownMen's Soccer                   DePaulWomen's Soccer                 Seton HallSoftball                       DePaulMen's Swimming & Diving        Notre DameWomen's Swimming & Diving      Cincinnati and SyracuseMen's Tennis                   St. John'sWomen's Tennis                 DePaulMen's Indoor Track & Field     Notre DameWomen's Indoor Track & Field   SyracuseMen's Outdoor Track & Field    Notre DameWomen's Outdoor Track & Field  SyracuseWomen's Volleyball             Syracuse

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