GREENVILLE - The East Carolina women's basketball and women's swimming squads have earned the Conference USA Sport Academic Award for the 2011-12 season, according to an announcement Monday by the league.
It is the first time the women's basketball squad has garnered the accolade.
The C-USA Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the 2011-12 academic year.
Women's basketball produced a 3.381 cumulative team GPA in 2011-12 with 11 of the squad's 13 members earning C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll status. Additionally, Whitny Edwards, Ariana Jackson and Kyani White were awarded the league's Academic Medal for maintaining at least a 3.75 average.
The women's swimming team compiled a 3.573 cumulative GPA, ranking fourth in the nation among NCAA Division I programs behind Clemson (3.62), Alabama (3.62) and Northwestern (3.59). As a result, the Pirates were given Scholar All-America status by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
ECU had eleven of its student-athletes make the Chancellor's List with a 4.00 GPA during the spring semester and an additional nine earning a spot on the Dean's List with six more on the Honor Roll.
2011-12 Conference USA Sport Academic Award Recipients
Baseball Memphis 3.225
Men's Basketball Rice 3.116
Women's Basketball East Carolina 3.381
Men's Cross Country Memphis 3.736
Women's Cross Country Southern Miss 3.820
Football UCF 2.686
Men's Golf Memphis 3.402
Women's Golf Memphis 3.711
Women's Rowing Tulsa 3.343
Men's Soccer # South Carolina 3.411
Women's Soccer Marshall 3.479
Softball Houston 3.500
Women's Swimming East Carolina 3.573
Men's Tennis Rice 3.496
Women's Tennis Memphis 3.614
Men's Track and Field Southern Miss 3.573
Women's Track and Field Rice 3.382
Volleyball Southern Miss 3.595
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