BIG EAST Announces Winners of 2010-11 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced the 24 winners of the 2010-11 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards, which recognize academic and athletic achievement as well as community service. The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council. The winners include eight student-athletes who were chosen to the Captial One Academic All-America teams in the 2010-11 season, including Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis, who was an Academic All-America First Team choice in men's basketball for the second straight year. Other Academic All-America selections to earn Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards include West Virginia women's basketball standout Liz Repella, St. John's baseball player Joe Panik, Notre Dame soccer player Lauren Fowlkes, Rutgers tennis player Amy Zhang, Georgetown track & field standout Renee Tomlin and Villanova lacrosse player Brian Karalunas and Wildcat cross country track & field champion Sheila Reid. The list also includes four 2010-11 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars in Repella, Zhang, Fowlkes and Louisville cross country athlete Michael Eaton.