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BIG EAST Names Academic All-Stars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference announced that 159 Seton Hall student-athletes have been named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars. The figure reflects 68 percent of the Seton Hall student-athlete population from 2011-12.

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.

For the third straight year, the women's soccer program led the Pirates, featuring 23 Academic All-Stars. Softball added 18, while the women's swimming and diving and baseball teams had 17 apiece. The list also included 13 members of the men's soccer team.

Volleyball (16) and women's tennis (eight) each landed their entire 2011-12 rosters on the Academic All-Star list.

The men's swimming & diving team, along with the men's and women's cross country programs, had nearly all of the squad receive the honor. In total, eight of the Pirates' 14 varsity programs had at least 75 percent of their student-athletes receive recognition.

Both the men's and women's golf teams were also represented by the majority of their respective rosters.

The announcement culminates a stellar academic year for SHU's athletics programs. The cumulative grade-point average for all Seton Hall student-athletes reached an all-time high in the spring and in addition to a number of individual and team accolades from various outlets, the conference recently named the softball and volleyball programs as recipients of a BIG EAST Academic Team Excellence Award.