One Hundred MU Student-Athletes Named To BIG EAST All-Academic Team

July 27, 2009

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced the names of more than 2,600 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2008-09 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

One hundred Marquette student-athletes were named to the team, representing every sport at the University. The women's track & field squad led the way with 32 representatives, while 12 of those athletes also competed in cross country.

MU student-athletes earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.11 during the 2009 spring semester, marking their highest average GPA since 2002.

Over the course of the year, 23 perfect-4.0 GPA semesters were recorded by MU student-athletes with 13 coming in the fall and 10 in the spring. Forty-seven percent of all student-athletes who began the year at MU earned all-academic team recognition.

Nominations for the All-Academic Team are submitted by each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions. To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, earned a varsity letter, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.

The nominations are reviewed and approved by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee. There are 2,662 honorees for the 2008-09 academic year, an increase of 195 student-athletes from the 2,467 named for the 2007-08 season.


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