Aug. 1, 2017
Conference USA Official Release
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall swimming and diving team earned the 2016-17 Conference USA Sport Academic Award for the fourth consecutive year, the league announced Tuesday.
The Thundering Herd boasted a 3.594 grade point average for the 2016-17 academic year. The program featured 29 student-athletes on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, while 13 student-athletes received the C-USA Academic Medal.
The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the academic year. Eight different Rice teams recorded the highest GPA for their respective sports. Additionally, Florida Atlantic, UTSA, Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, Charlotte and Marshall were recognized.
The Herd also received Scholar All-America Honors earlier this year from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for having a 3.63 GPA of the spring semester and a 3.65 GPA in the fall. Marshall’s fall GPA ranked fifth amongst NCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving programs, while its spring GPA ranked 13th.
Marshall has earned the accolade five times previously (2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14-tied, 2006-07, 2005-06). Other Herd programs to win in previous seasons are volleyball (2014-15), women’s soccer (2011-12, 2010-11), women’s golf (2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07), men’s soccer (2006-07), men’s cross country (2006-07) and softball (2005-06).
The following is a list of all the Sports Academic Award honorees:
Sport: Recipient, GPA
Baseball: Rice, 3.300
Men’s Basketball: Florida Atlantic, 3.133
Women’s Basketball: *UTSA, 3.391
Men’s Cross Country: Florida Atlantic, 3.505
Women’s Cross Country: *Rice, 3.789
Football: *Rice, 2.916
Men’s Golf: Middle Tennessee, 3.473
Women’s Golf: UTSA, 3.748
Men’s Soccer: South Carolina^, 3.368
Women’s Soccer: Rice, 3.688
Softball: *Charlotte, 3.642
Women’s Swimming: *Marshall, 3.594
Men’s Tennis: *Middle Tennessee, 3.627
Women’s Tennis: *Rice, 3.848
Men’s Track & Field: *Rice, 3.377
Women’s Track & Field: *Rice, 3.577
Volleyball: *Rice, 3.682
* - Repeat winner
^ - Affiliate member