For the third time in the five-year existence of the award, Creighton University has been recognized with the 2006-07 Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Award. Bluejay student-athletes posted a 3.26 cumulative grade-point average over the 2006-07 academic calendar. Creighton previously shared the award in 2003-04, and were the outright winners in 2004-05.
Nineteen student-athletes, 8.2 percent of all student-athletes, posted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during the 2007 spring semester and 42.7 percent of CU’s 232 student-athletes earned a 3.5 GPA or better during the same term. Better than 67 percent of all Creighton athletes earned GPAs of 3.0 or better last spring.
Seven Creighton teams in Valley sponsored sports men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball posted grade-point averages over 3.5, while four other teams bested a 3.0 GPA.
One-hundred thirty-one student-athletes made the Dean’s List at least once last year, including 70 student-athletes that earned the honor both semesters. Seven Creighton teams ranked among the nation’s top 10 percent in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Report, posting multi-year scores ranking with the country’s best in baseball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.
Three student-athletes, Emily Greish (volleyball), Anthony Tolliver (men’s basketball) and Jamie Reiss (softball) were named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans. Tolliver was additionally honored as the NACDA I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a Senior CLASS All-American and was named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Men’s Basketball First Team.
Creighton claimed 18 Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athletes of the Week, 18 MVC Scholar-Athlete first-team honors, nine CoSIDA Academic All-District awards, seven MVC President’s Council Academic Awards (3.8+ GPA, within 18 hours of graduation) and 41 MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Awards (3.5+ GPA, sophomore in academic standing).
The MVC All-Academic Award was first recommended by the league faculty representatives in hopes of recognizing institutional academic excellence. The MVC Joint Committee quickly took its lead to establish this prestigious award.
The conference academic excellence award is based on the average student-athlete grade-point average for the academic year. The GPA calculations are tallied for all student-athletes in MVC-sponsored sports who compete, practice or receive athletic aid during the academic year.
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