Softball Wins C-USA Sport Academic Award
July 20, 2011
IRVING, Texas - The East Carolina softball program has earned the 2011 Conference USA Sport Academic Award, according to an announcement from league Commissioner Britton Banowsky Wednesday. It is the third time in four years the Pirate softball program has received the honor. Additionally, Rice was named the C-USA Institutional Excellence Award winner for the sixth-straight year.
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 Institutional Excellence Award is given to the league university with the highest GPA during the current academic year for all student-athletes in C-USA sponsored sports.
Leading the way for the softball squad, which posted a 3.263 grade-point average, was Toni Paisley, who received the league's Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award and Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year Award for softball. Paisley earned a repeat selection to the Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team and was a first-time choice to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Second Team.
Paisley, sophomore Cicely Lopez and freshman Jill Jelnick were named to the East Carolina Chancellor's List for the spring semester after posting perfect 4.0 GPAs. Freshman Taylor Megargel and junior Suzanne Riggs were Dean's List members (3.5 or higher GPA) while sophomore Kai Clark, senior Sissy Jimenez, freshman Rebecca Lee, junior Faith Sutton and junior Priscilla Velasquez were Honor Roll selections (3.0 or higher GPA).
ECU softball and Rice's women's swimming and diving squads were the only two teams to claim their respective sport academic award while earning a 2011 C-USA championship.
Sport - Recipient (GPA)