PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 7, 2013) – The Rutgers softball team earned the Big East Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2012-13 school year, the conference announced Wednesday. In its final season competing in the Big East Conference, the squad recorded a 3.464 GPA to earn the honor.
“I know our team will be very honored to learn it earned the Big East Team Academic Excellence Award for 2012-2013 academic year,” said head coach Jay Nelson. “Maintaining a high academic standard is one of the team’s core values. Our athletes strive for excellence both in the classroom and on the field. The coaching staff appreciates the dedication the team put forth to earn this award.”
“This is a team effort and the credit of this great accomplishment needs to be given to the following individuals. First and foremost the great professors at Rutgers, Scott Walker, the head of academic advising for athletes; Kathleen Shank, our team academic advisor; tutors and lastly the individual student athletes of the softball team. This is an impressive award but more importantly the tremendous education here at Rutgers places our athletes in a position to succeed in life now and for the rest of their lives.”
A number of athletes from the squad were also named to the 2012-13 All-Academic Team for their academic achievements during the 2012-13 academic year.
Of the 16 members of the 2013 squad, 13 were placed on the academic team, including Elizabeth Adams (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Ashley Alden (Ivyland, Pa.), Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.), Ashley Bragg (Middletown, Del.), Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.), Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.), Abbey Houston (New Egypt, N.J.), Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.), Kaci Madden (Saratoga, N.Y.), Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.), Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.), Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Emma Woo (Santa Monica, Calif.).
To earn placement on the team, a nominee must have competed in a Big East-sponsored sport, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.
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