June 23, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Five Notre Dame student-athletes received Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during the 2010-11 academic year, helping the Irish stay among the leaders in the nation in honorees.

The selection process for Academic All-Americans is conducted annually by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Teams are named in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s track/cross country, women’s track/cross country and women’s volleyball, with men’s and women’s at-large teams being named for other sports.

Notre Dame currently stands second all-time with 221 Academic All-Americans, trailing only Nebraska’s 291, but well ahead of third-place Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 176 honorees. Since 2000, Notre Dame’s 95 selections is second only to Nebraska’s 104 selections.

In addition, Notre Dame ranks in the top-10 in several sports for number of honorees. The Irish have had more Academic All-Americans than any other school in baseball and women’s soccer, while also cracking the top-10 in men’s at-large (third), men’s basketball (tied for seventh), football (third), softball (tied for sixth), and men’s track/cross country (tied for ninth).

Notre Dame had five honorees in 2010-11: Tim Abromaitis (men’s basketball), David Ruffer (football), Tyler Davis (men’s tennis), Lauren Fowlkes (women’s soccer), and Frederick Bentley (men’s fencing). This marked the second consecutive year Abromaitis earned Academic All-American recognition.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have received sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Academic All-America Selections (All Divisions)         TotalUniversity of Nebraska                      291University of Notre Dame                 221Massachusetts Institute of Technology               176Penn State University                       172Stanford University                     162Augustana College (Ill.)                    135Emory University                        124Bucknell University                     121University of Texas                     121University of Florida                       118
Division 1 Academic All-Americans TotalUniversity of Nebraska 291University of Notre Dame 221Penn State University 172Stanford University 162Bucknell University 121University of Texas 121University of Florida 118University of California-Los Angeles 113University of Georgia 110Ohio State University 109University of Oklahoma 109
Most Academic All-America Selections Since 2000 TotalUniversity of Nebraska 104University of Notre Dame 95Emory University 83Massachusetts Institute of Technology 79Penn State University 78Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 72Stanford University 66University of Alabama 61Calvin College 58North Dakota State University 57
Academic All-America Men's At-Large Selections TotalEmory University 38Massachusetts Institute of Technology 38University of Notre Dame 33University of Nebraska 29Stanford University 29University of Minnesota 27Johns Hopkins University 27Augustana College (Ill.) 25Penn State University 25U.S. Naval Academy 24
Academic All-America Baseball Selections TotalUniversity of Notre Dame 29Bucknell University 28Wichita State University 27Illinois Wesleyan University 25Delta State University 22Johns Hopkins University 22Mississippi State University 22Western Michigan University 19University of Nebraska 19University of Arizona 18Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 18
Academic All-America Men's Basketball Selections TotalIllinois Wesleyan University 24University of California-Los Angeles 20University of Kansas 20Indiana University 18Duke University 17Millikin University 15University of Notre Dame 14Gonzaga University 14Northwestern University 14Brigham Young University 14
Academic All-America Football Selections TotalUniversity of Nebraska 99Penn State University 60University of Notre Dame 55University of Dayton 51Ohio State University 49University of Oklahoma 48Stanford University 42Carnegie Mellon University 41University of Texas 36U.S. Air Force Academy 35University of Michigan 35
Academic All-America Women's Soccer Selections TotalUniversity of Notre Dame 16University of North Carolina 13University of Portland 12Penn State University 11Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte) 9U.S. Naval Academy 9Stanford University 9Ohio Northern University 8Franklin Pierce University 8Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 7University of South Carolina 7North Dakota State University 7Hardin-Simmons University 7
Academic All-America Softball Selections TotalUniversity of Nebraska 29Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 22Florida Southern College 20Illinois Wesleyan University 19The College of New Jersey 19DePaul University 18Fresno State 18University of Notre Dame 18Northern Illinois University 17University of Tennessee 15
Academic All-America Men's Track/Cross Country Selections TotalAdams State College 18University of Oregon 15Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 15University of Nebraska 14Rice University 14Calvin College 14Augustana College (Ill.) 14Nebraska Wesleyan University 13North Dakota State University 12University of Notre Dame 12University of Wisconsin 12Florida State University 12