May 16, 2013
Notre Dame, Ind. - University of Notre Dame junior Greg Andrews (men's tennis) and sophomore Ashley Armstrong (women's golf) have earned Capital One Academic All-District V At-Large first team honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday (May 16).
The duo and their fellow first-team honorees now advance onto the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Sports in the at-large program consist of women's bowling, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, women's rowing, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's wrestling.
Andrews, who sports a 3.867 in accounting from the Mendoza College of Business, has been a model student-athlete for head coach Bobby Bayliss throughout career in the program. Andrews has appeared on the Dean's List all six semesters he has been at Notre Dame and has been named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star twice.
On the court, Andrews is a two-time reigning BIG EAST Player of the Year (2012 and 2013) and helped lead the Irish to year's BIG EAST men's tennis crown after going 18-7 at the No. 1 singles spot during the spring season. Named the Most Outstanding Player at this year's BIG EAST Championship, Andrews led and his Irish teammates have advanced to the NCAA Championship on each of his three seasons. He will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship next week in Champaign, Ill., for the second consecutive year.
Andrews is looking to become only the third CoSIDA Academic All-American in the program's history after Andy Zurcher (1994) and Tyler Davis (2011).
Armstrong, the 2012 BIG EAST Championship medalist, added to her medal count total this year as she won back-to-back individual tournament titles with victories during the month of March at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate and the Briar's Creek Invitational.
The Flossmoor, Ill., native was recognized earlier this season as Golfweek's Women's National Player of the Week (March 25-31) and the BIG EAST Women's Golf Player of the Week (March 17-23). Furthermore, Armstrong was selected to the all-BIG EAST Women's Golf Team for the second straight season after finishing fifth at the conference tournament with a three-over-par 219 (77-72-70).
Armstrong's two under-par rounds at the BIG EAST Championship proved to be a key factor in securing Notre Dame's team title and automatic bid into the '13NCAA East Regional, continuing its tradition of making an appearance in the tournament for the sixth consecutive year. The 54-hole total stands as the best team score ever in BIG EAST tournament history and the program's second-best score since its inception in 1988.
Armstrong served as a major contributor to Notre Dame's success this year, tallying three top-10 finishes and seven top-25 finishes through 10 tournaments with all 28 rounds counting toward team scoring.
A member of the 2011-12 BIG EAST Academic Honor Roll, Armstrong boasts a 3.891 cumulative GPA through four semesters as a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering, while making Dean's List every semester.
About The Capital One Academic All-America Program
Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.
The Academic All-District ® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.