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BIG EAST Announces All-Academic Team Selections for 2008-09 Year

July 30, 2009

STORRS, Conn. - Two hundred University of Connecticut student-athletes were among the over 2,600 selected to the 2008-09 BIG EAST All-Academic Team as announced by the conference. Individuals who met the qualifications were nominated individually by each of the conference's 16 member institutions.

The number of student-athletes honored in the 2008-09 academic year increased by 195 student-athletes for a total of 2,662. Last year, 2,467 student-athletes were named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Connecticut had an increase in honorees as well with 200 student-athletes earning conference academic accolades in 2008-09 up from 168 in 2007-08.

Twenty-four members of the women's rowing team were honored while women's track and field and cross-country as well as women's soccer all had 20 or more student-athletes named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Field hockey, women's lacrosse and men's track and field and cross country each had 17 of their student-athletes honored in 2008-09.

In order to qualify for the award a student-athlete must have competed in a BIG EAST sponsored sport, earned a varsity letter and achieved a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the preceding academic year. In addition, the student-athlete must have completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits.

The nominations submitted to the conference were then reviewed and approved by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee.