July 25, 2013
IRVING, Texas - The East Carolina women's basketball and women's swimming teams earned the Conference USA Sport Academic Award for their academic efforts in their respective sports it was announced by the league office Thursday afternoon.
The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest grade point average (GPA) for the academic year. Both Pirate teams won the award for the second consecutive year.
The ECU women's basketball squad led all Conference USA women's hoops teams with a cumulative team GPA of 3.396 for the 2012-13 school year. During the year, the Pirates had 11 eligible student-athletes named to the ECU Athletics Director's Honor Roll with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, while four earned the ECU Academic Excellence Award which is given to those with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Additionally, the women's basketball team had 13 student-athletes named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 3.0 GPA or better and three student-athletes earned the C-USA Academic Medal after accumulating a 3.75 GPA or higher. The Pirates finished the year with a 967 Academic Progress Rate (APR).
"Reaching this goal for two consecutive years is a true reflection of who we want to recruit and their commitment to being ultimate student-athletes," Head women's basketball coach Heather Macy said. "I am very proud of the team for the hard work they put in both on the court and in the classroom."
The women's swimming team boasted a team GPA of 3.520 for the academic year. The Pirates had 24 student-athletes named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll with GPAs of 3.0 or higher, while 10 of those student-athletes went on to earn the C-USA Academic Medal with a GPA of 3.75 or better. The ECU women's swimming and diving squad was recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as a Scholar All-American Team after boasting a 3.62 GPA during the 2013 spring semester. Furthermore, the Pirates were honored by the NCAA for posting multi-year Academic Progress Rates in the top 10-percent of all squads in their respective sport. At the conclusion of the school year, senior swimmer, Hannah Lee, was named East Carolina Most Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete. Lee's academic efforts also earned her the Conference USA Postgraduate Scholarship Award.
"We're extremely proud of our girls," Head swimming coach Rick Kobe said. "They continue to be successful in both the classroom and pool. They define the term student-athlete."
The following is a list of all the Conference USA Sports Academic Award honorees:
Baseball: Memphis, 3.173
Men's Basketball: Rice, 3.040
Women's Basketball: East Carolina, 3.396
Men's Cross Country: Memphis, 3.587
Women's Cross Country: Rice, 3.651
Football: UCF, 3.024
Men's Golf: Memphis, 3.442
Women's Golf: UTEP, 3.663
Women's Rowing: West Virginia#, 3.417
Men's Soccer: South Carolina#, 3.540
Women's Soccer: Tulsa, 3.500
Softball: Houston, 3.530
Women's Swimming: East Carolina, 3.520
Men's Tennis: Tulsa, 3.440
Women's Tennis: Memphis, 3.695
Men's Track and Field: Rice, 3.159
Women's Track and Field: Tulsa, 3.480
Volleyball: Tulane, 3.563
# indicates affiliate member