Athletics News

Three Irish Student-Athletes Receive BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards

June 16, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame men's basketball player Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.), rower Sarah Keithley (Austin, Texas) and men's tennis player Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn.) were among the 24 winners of the 2009-10 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards. Notre Dame, Connecticut and Louisville each had three recipients amongst the 16 conference institutions.

The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given annually to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades and performances and volunteer service in the community. Student-athletes who attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council selects the award winners

Abromaitis, who also won the men's basketball BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, was one of five Sport Excellence Award winners to have also been named an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American during the past school year. The junior averaged 18.2 points and 5.7 rebounds during the '09-'10 campaign, earning BIG EAST Honorable Mention honors and helping the Irish to the NCAA Tournament.

Abromaitis put together an impressive resume of honors off the hardwood. Posting a 3.73 grade-point average as a finance major, the two-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team member has made the dean's list on three occasions. He graduated a year early from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance and is currently enrolled in an intensified one-year MBA program at the University. The junior also participated in the Rosenthal Leadership Academy and helped organize efforts for Mike Brey's annual BasketBall to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer and was on the student-athlete planning committee for the women's basketball team's breast cancer awareness game.

Sarah Keithley


Keithley, a fifth-year senior, coxed a BIG EAST champion boat in three of the four seasons she participated, while helping the Irish to four team titles. She was the coxswain for the varsity eight champion in 2010, while coxing the varsity four to gold in 2006 and 2008. She also led the varsity eight to a second place finish at the BIG EAST Championships in 2007. In addition, she was a coxswain on boats for both of Notre Dame's NCAA Tournament appearances (2006 and 2007). She redshirted the 2009 season with the knowledge she would be returning for a fifth year in 2010 while working on a dual degree in civil engineering and theology.

Keithley posted 3.74 grade-point average and twice was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar Athlete team. She is a four-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and made the dean's list seven of her ten semesters as an undergraduate. She received several academic awards, including the Riley Scholar Award, given annually to a fifth year senior in a dual degree program, and the Gertrude Austin Marti Award, given to a graduating theology senior. Outside the classroom, Keithley served as a student leader for the Notre Dame Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a member of the Rosenthal Leadership Academy. She also served as a mentor at Clay Intermediate School in South Bend and participated in the Fighting Irish Fighting for Life program, which matches Notre Dame teams with local teenagers undergoing cancer treatment.

Keithley is the third Notre Dame rower to receive a BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award.

Tyler Davis


Davis spent most of the season anchoring the number two doubles team for the Irish, posting an 8-8 mark. He also went 4-1 at singles on the campaign. He has a career record of 38-28 in dual season doubles matches, along with a 12-9 career singles mark and helped the Irish to the 2008 BIG EAST title.

Off the court, Davis is majoring in science business and is a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. The junior was a driving force behind his team's participation of Fighting Irish Fighting for Life, while also volunteering at the Early Childhood Development Center on Notre Dame's campus. He was actively involved in Student-Athlete Advisory Council activities, including a Christmas party for pediatric patients and raising funds for relief efforts in Haiti.

While Abromaitis and Davis will both return to try and lead their respective programs to the NCAA Tournament as seniors, Keithley will begin doctoral studies in civil engineering at the University of Texas.

For the complete 2009-10 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards, visit the BIG EAST web site.

-- ND --

Shop Now

Nissan
Authentic Game-Worn Football Helmets

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Event Calendar

Delta

April 20
L, 9-1
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, IN
RECAP
April 20
W, 8-4
Boston College
Brighton, Mass. (Brighton Fields)
RECAP
April 20
N/A
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
RECAP
April 20
L, 6-1
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
RECAP
April 20
W, 5-2
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Ken Byers Tennis Complex)
RECAP
April 20
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 20
All Day
ACC Championship
New London, N.C. (Old North State Club)
RECAP
April 21
W, 47-44
Blue-Gold Game
Notre Dame, Ind.
RECAP

NBCSN
April 21
W, 8-7 (12)
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, IN
RECAP
April 21
L, 6-4
Boston College
Brighton, Mass. (Brighton Fields)
RECAP
April 21
N/A
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
RECAP
April 21
11:00 AM
Michael Johnson Invitational
Waco, Texas
April 21
L, 10-9
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.
RECAP
April 21
W, 16-7
San Diego State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
RECAP
April 21
T-6th (300)
ACC Championship
Greensboro, North Carolina
RECAP
April 21
NTS
Vs. Ohio State & Michigan State
Columbus, Ohio
RECAP
April 21
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 21
All Day
ACC Championship
New London, N.C. (Old North State Club)
RECAP
April 22
1:05 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, IN
April 22
12:00 PM
Boston College
Brighton, Mass. (Brighton Fields)
April 22
3:00 PM
Indiana
Fort Wayne, Ind.
April 22
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Complex)
April 22
12:30 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
April 22
All Day
ACC Championship
Greensboro, North Carolina
April 22
All Day
ACC Championship
New London, N.C. (Old North State Club)
April 22
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 23
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 23
All Day
ACC Championship
Greensboro, North Carolina
April 24
6:05 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, IN
April 24
5:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 25
TBA
ACC Championships First Round
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
April 25
TBA
ACC Championships First Round
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
April 26
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 26
TBA
ACC Championship First Round
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
April 27
6:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN
April 27
6:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 27
6:30 PM
Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
April 27
9:00 AM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich.
April 27
6:00 PM
Duke
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)

ESPNU
April 28
1:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
Strikeout ALS Game
April 28
3:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 28
11:00 AM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich.
April 28
All Day
Dale England Cup
Bloomington, Ind.
April 29
1:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN
April 29
12:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 29
TBA
ACC Championship
Charlottesville, Va.

ESPNU
May 1
6:05 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 4
6:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 4
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind.
May 5
2:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 5
1:00 PM
Army West Point
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 6
1:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 7
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 8
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 9
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 9
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 10
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 10
10:00 AM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 11
10:00 AM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD (Campus Sites)
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka Vivid Seats