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MSOC and W S+D Receive Summit League Academic Recognition

Both teams honored on Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence

ELMHURST, Ill.  – The University of Denver men's soccer and women's swimming and diving teams were recognized by the Summit League on Thursday, being named to the league's Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.
 
The list honors student-athletes for their outstanding work in the classroom during the 2017 academic year. In total, 538 student-athletes accumulated 594 selections to the list.
 
South Dakota captured The Summit League Institutional Academic Achievement Award as the Coyotes recorded the highest percentage of list-eligible student-athletes on the Commissioner's List. This is the second time in program history USD has taken home this accolade, with the Coyotes also doing so in 2011-12.
 
The Pioneers took home the award in 2016-17.
 
The Summit League also recognized Team Academic Achievement Awards in each sport based on the percentage of list-eligible student-athletes on the Commissioner's List. Omaha had a league-best six teams claim individual sport honors, while South Dakota and South Dakota State earned three awards each. A total of 10 institutions captured at least one sport award.
  • Baseball: Fort Wayne, South Dakota State
  • Men's Basketball: North Dakota State
  • Women's Basketball: South Dakota, Western Illinois
  • Men's Cross Country: South Dakota
  • Women's Cross Country: South Dakota State
  • Men's Golf: Omaha
  • Women's Golf: Omaha **
  • Men's Soccer: Denver
  • Women's Soccer: Omaha
  • Softball: Omaha
  • Men's Swimming & Diving: Eastern Illinois
  • Women's Swimming & Diving: Denver
  • Men's Tennis: Illinois State, Omaha
  • Women's Tennis: Oral Roberts
  • Men's Track & Field: South Dakota State
  • Women's Track & Field: South Dakota
  • Volleyball: Omaha
Omaha women's golf was the only squad to land all of its eligible student-athletes on the list. Of the 538 student-athletes honored, 127 earned all A's while 57 maintained perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point averages (GPA).
 
In order for a student-athlete to be selected to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence, the student-athlete must carry a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA, have used a year of eligibility and completed one academic year at the nominating institution.
The complete list of 2017-18 Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence honorees can be found here.
 
List of Institutional Academic Achievement Award Winners (Award Began in 2009-10)
2009-10 ......................... South Dakota State
2010-11 ......................... Centenary
2011-12 ......................... South Dakota
2012-13 ......................... Omaha / South Dakota State
2013-14 ......................... Omaha
2014-15 ......................... Omaha
2015-16 ......................... Omaha
2016-17 ......................... Denver
2017-18 ......................... South Dakota

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