ECU Programs Recognized With Conference USA Sport Academic Awards
July 19, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina men's and women's golf teams, along with the softball squad, have been honored with the 2007 Conference USA Sport Academic Award as announced by Commissioner Britton Banowsky Thursday. The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest grade point average for the current academic year. The ECU and Marshall women's golf teams shared the award and also posted the highest annual GPA of all C-USA teams with a 3.61 while the Pirate softball squad turned in a 3.37. This marks the highest GPA recorded by ECU softball in head coach Tracey Kee's 11 seasons.
Helping the Pirates to the awards were two sophomores, Lene Krog (women's golf) and Jessica Johnson (softball). Both student-athletes were named to their sports' All-Academic teams. Krog, the 2006 C-USA Freshman of the Year and Championship medalist, maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA as a business major. She participated in ten events for the Pirates, picking up the championship title at the Pinehurst Tournament in March and earning a spot in the NCAA Championships. Krog has twice received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal and was a 2006 National Golf Coaches Association Scholar All-American. Johnson carries a 3.62 GPA in intended merchandising. She has been named to the Dean's List each of her semesters at ECU and has earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll twice. She led the Pirates in home runs (17) while also helping ECU rank second in the nation in fielding percentage with a mark of .990.
Rice earned the Conference USA Institutional Excellence Award for the second straight year. The Institutional Excellence Award is given to the C-USA institution with the highest grade point average during the current academic year for all student-athletes in conference sponsored sports. The Owls posted an overall annual GPA of 3.031.
Sport Recipient GPA Baseball Tulane 3.070 Men's Basketball Tulane 2.820 Women's Basketball Rice 2.871 Men's Cross Country Memphis 3.250 Women's Cross Country Tulsa 3.590 Football Rice 2.742 Men's Golf East Carolina 3.339 Women's Golf East Carolina 3.610 Marshall 3.610 Men's Soccer Marshall 3.320 Women's Soccer Rice 3.417 Softball East Carolina 3.378 Women's Swimming Marshall 3.420 Men's Tennis Rice 3.445 Women's Tennis Rice 3.444 Men's Track and Field Rice 3.099 Women's Track and Field Rice 3.255 Volleyball Memphis 3.485