July 7, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Three of Notre Dame's 21 sports that compete in BIG EAST sports were honored with the 2008-09 BIG EAST Team Excellence Awards recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport. The Fighting Irish men's basketball, men's swimming and diving and women's tennis teams were all recipients of the second annual awards.
Ten BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored as DePaul finished with a conference-best seven teams recognized. Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Syracuse had three teams honored, while Cincinnati and St. John's each had two, and Georgetown, Louisville, USF and West Virginia each had one.
In addition to having the highest grade point average, the Irish women's tennis and men's swimming and diving teams each won BIG EAST championships -- two of the eight conference crowns that were captured by Notre Dame teams this season.
Both men's basketball and women's tennis earned the honor for the second consecutive year. Nineteen of Notre Dame's 21 BIG EAST teams earned a better than 3.00 cumulative grade-point average during the '08-'09 academic year.
The Irish women's tennis team (which shared the honor with DePaul) bested all Notre Dame teams with a 3.537, while the men's swimming and diving team finished with a 3.272 and the men's basketball team with a 3.165 grade index.
2008-09 BIG EAST Team Excellence Award Winners Sport School Baseball USF Men's Basketball Notre Dame Women's Basketball DePaul Men's Cross Country DePaul Women's Cross Country DePaul Field Hockey Louisville Football West Virginia Men's Golf Seton Hall Women's Golf St. John's Women's Lacrosse Cincinnati Women's Rowing Georgetown Men's Soccer DePaul Women's Soccer Seton Hall Softball Seton Hall Men's Swimming & Diving Notre Dame Women's Swimming & Diving Cincinnati Men's Tennis St. John's Women's Tennis DePaul and Notre Dame Men's Indoor Track & Field DePaul Women's Indoor Track & Field Syracuse Men's Outdoor Track & Field DePaul Women's Outdoor Track & Field Syracuse Women's Volleyball Syracuse