Indiana Softball Recognized for Academic Success by NFCA
Oct. 7, 2011
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Over 4,000 student-athletes representing 707 different academic institutions were named as a 2011 NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete, the Association announced Thursday.
The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. The award is the second component of the Association's academic award program. Last week, the teams with the highest GPAs in each membership category were recognized as a 2011 NFCA Top Ten All-Academic team.
This year's total of 4,331 honorees bested last year's total by over 30 student-athletes. The membership category with the most participating institutions this year was Division III with 168, while high school led the way in total honorees with 1,160.
Taking a look at how Indiana fared among other Big Ten schools, its 3.335 team GPA was second in the conference to Michigan State's 3.347 team GPA. In the national standings, the Hoosiers' team GPA was good for 30th. During the 2009-10 academic year, Indiana had a 3.226 team GPA which was good for 64th nationally.
The six players that received NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete recognition were Jenna Abraham, Samantha Berenter, Kelsey Brannon, Cassie Gogreve, Sara Olson and Kelsey Stander. There were just three other schools in the Big Ten that had more individual honorees with Michigan State leading the way with nine.
For a complete list of all of the honorees, click here.
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