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    FIGHTING IRISH The Notre Dame men's indoor and outdoor track teams won the BIG EAST Academic Excellence Award for the second consecutive year in 2011-12.  The team had a combined 3.307 GPA to lead all BIG EAST teams.
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    The Notre Dame men's indoor and outdoor track teams won the BIG EAST Academic Excellence Award for the second consecutive year in 2011-12. The team had a combined 3.307 GPA to lead all BIG EAST teams.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    July 26, 2012

    Notre Dame, Ind. - Three of Notre Dame's 22 sports that compete in the BIG EAST Conference were honored with the 2011-12 BIG EAST Academic Team Excellence Award recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport.

    The Fighting Irish women's golf (3.715), men's indoor track and field (3.307) and men's outdoor track and field teams (3.307) were recipients of the fifth annual awards. For all three program's, this marks the second consecutive year that they have been honored. Men's indoor and outdoor track and field have captured the honor three times in the five-year history of the BIG EAST Academic Excellence Award.

    In total, 19 of Notre Dame's 22 teams that compete in the BIG EAST Conference earned better than a 3.00 GPA during the recently completed academic year. The women's golf team paced all Irish squads with its 3.715 mark.

    Twelve BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored with DePaul leading the way with five teams recognized. Notre Dame and Villanova had three teams selected while Georgetown, Providence, St. John's and Seton Hall had two each. Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers and West Virginia were represented by one team each.

    The winners were chosen based on the 2011-12 grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.

    Since 2007-08 when the awards began, Notre Dame teams have been honored 18 times. Men's indoor and outdoor track and field lead the way, being selected three times. Women's golf, men's swimming and diving, men's basketball and women's tennis have been honored twice and baseball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and men's tennis have won the award once each.

     2011-12 BIG EAST Team Excellence Award Winners Sport School
    Baseball: St. John's
    Men's Basketball: Louisville
    Women's Basketball: DePaul
    Men's Cross Country: Villanova
    Women's Cross Country: West Virginia
    Field Hockey: Georgetown
    Football: Rutgers
    Men's Golf: DePaul 
    Women's Golf: Notre Dame
    Men's Lacrosse: St. John's Women's Lacrosse: Cincinnati
    Women's Rowing: Georgetown
    Men's Soccer: DePaul
    Women's Soccer: Marquette
    Softball: Seton Hall
    Men's Swimming and Diving: Villanova
    Women's Swimming and Diving: Villanova
    Men's Tennis: DePaul
    Women's Tennis: DePaul
    Men's Indoor Track and Field: Notre Dame
    Women's Indoor Track and Field: Providence
    Men's Outdoor Track and Field: Notre Dame
    Women's Outdoor Track and Field: Providence
    Women's Volleyball: Seton Hall

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