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Notre Dame Student-Athletes Continue To Be Leaders In The Classroom

July 2, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  --- The 2013-14 school year proved to be one of great athletic achievement for Notre Dame coaches and student-athletes.  Five Irish teams -- men's soccer, women's basketball, rowing, men's lacrosse and fencing -- earned top-five NCAA finishes with the men's soccer team putting an exclamation point on the entire year by winning the program's first-ever national championship. 

Notre Dame's success, however, was not just limited to the playing field as seven student-athletes were honored as Capital One Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  That proved to be the second-most since the 2008-09 school year and gives Notre Dame a total of 15 over the past two years. 

The seven honorees during the past school year were: Ashley Armstrong (women's golf), Patrick Hodan (men's soccer), Gerek Meinhardt (men's fencing), Emma Reaney (women's swimming and diving), Logan Renwick (men's track and field), Harrison Shipp (men's soccer) and Elizabeth Tucker (women's soccer).

Annually, CoSIDA conducts the selection process for Academic All-Americans.  Teams are named in baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, football, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's cross country/track and field, women's cross country/track and field and women's volleyball, with men's and women's at-large teams being named for other sports.  Capital One serves as the program's title sponsor. 

Notre Dame ranks second all-time with 238 Academic All-Americans, trailing only Nebraska with 314.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology is third with 220, followed by Penn State (186), Stanford (182), Emory (154), Augustana-Ill. (153), Nebraska Wesleyan (148), Florida (130) and Texas (128) rounding out the top 10. 

Since 2000, Notre Dame ranks fourth in the number of student-athletes who have received Academic All-America citations with 112.  Nebraska leads the list with 127 honorees, followed by MIT (123) and Emory (113).

In addition, several Irish programs rank in the top 10 in different categories.  Notre Dame has had more Academic All-Americans than any other school in baseball in women's soccer, while several other sports are ranked in the top 10, including football and men's at-large (third), softball (tied for eighth), men's basketball (ninth) and men's cross country/track and field (tied for 10th).

To be eligible Academic All-America status, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have received sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her communications office.  Since 1952m CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and College Division team comprised of NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.

Total Academic All-America Selections

1. Nebraska 314

2. Notre Dame 238

3. MIT 220

4. Penn State 186

5. Stanford 182

6. Emory 154

7. Augustana (Ill.) 153

8. Nebraska Wesleyan 148

9. Florida 130

10. Texas 128

Division I

1. Nebraska 314

2. Notre Dame 238

3. Penn State 186

4. Stanford 182

5. Florida 130

6. Texas 128

7. Alabama 127

-- Georgia 127

9. Bucknell 126

10. Oklahoma 121

-- Ohio State 121

-- Tennessee 121

Most AAA Selections since 2000

1. Nebraska 127

2. MIT 123

3. Emory 113

4. Notre Dame 112

5. Penn State 92

6. Alabama 91

7. RPI 86

-- Stanford 86

9. Nebraska Wesleyan 85

10. Johns Hopkins 82

Men's At-Large

1. MIT 45

2. Emory 43

3. Notre Dame 35

4. Stanford 33

5. Nebraska 32

6. Johns Hopkins 30

7. Kenyon College 29

8. Penn State 28

9. Minnesota 27

-- Navy 27

Baseball

1. Notre Dame 29

2. Bucknell 28

3. Wichita State 27

-- Johns Hopkins 27

5. Illinois Wesleyan 25

6. Mississippi State 23

-- Delta State 23

8. Nebraska 19

-- Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 19

-- Western Michigan 19

Men's Basketball

1. Illinois Wesleyan 24

2. UCLA 20

-- Kansas 20

-- Indiana 20

5. Duke 19

6. Millikin 15

-- Northwestern 15

-- Gonzaga 15

9. Brigham Young 14

-- Notre Dame 15

Football

1. Nebraska 107

2. Penn State 63

3. Notre Dame 58

4. Dayton 52

5. Oklahoma 50

6. Ohio State 49

7. Nebraska Wesleyan 47

8. Carnegie Mellon 45

9. Stanford 44

10. MIT 38

Women's Soccer

1. Notre Dame 18

2. North Carolina 17

3. Hardin Simmons 14

4. Portland 12

-- Penn State 12

6. Stanford 10

-- Navy 10

-- Armstrong Atlantic State 10

9. Charlotte 9

-- Johns Hopkins 9

Softball

1. Nebraska 29

2. Southern Illinois-Carbondale 23

3. Florida Southern 22

-- Tennessee 22

5. Illinois Wesleyan 19

-- College of New Jersey 19

-- DePaul 19

8. Fresno State 18

-- Notre Dame 18

-- Arizona State 18

Men's Track/Cross Country

1. Augustana (Ill.) 24

2. Calvin 20

-- Nebraska 20

4. Adams State 18

-- RPI 18

-- Rice 18

-- Nebraska Wesleyan 18

8. Oregon 17

9. Florida state 16

10. Notre Dame 15

-- Wisconsin 15

-- MIT 15

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