July 28, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced the names of more than 3,200 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2010-11 BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
One hundred and twenty-eight Marquette student-athletes were named to the team, representing every sport at the University. The women's track & field squad led the way with 36 representatives, while 17 of those student-athletes also competed in cross country.
Over the course of the year, 24 perfect-4.0 GPA semesters were recorded with 11 coming in the fall and 13 in the spring. Fifty-nine percent of all student-athletes who began the year at MU earned all-academic team recognition.
A total of 45 student-athletes completed their eligibility in 2010-11. Of the group, 28 Golden Eagles have claimed Academic All-BIG EAST accolades during their respective careers and nine own a cumulative GPA of 3.5-or-higher.
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 3,236 honorees for the 2011 academic year, an increase of 66 student-athletes from the 3,170 named for the 2009-10 season.