Three DePaul Student-Athletes Earn BIG EAST Honors
CHICAGO DePaul’s Dunja Antunovic, Cory Blenkush and Terah Cheatham were selected as winners of the 2008-09 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards as the league announced the 21 winners on Monday. The award honors one student-athlete in each of its sports which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.
Antunovic and West Virginia men’s basketball student-athlete Alex Ruoff were the only repeat selections from a year ago. The three Blue Demon honorees also put DePaul among just five schools with multiple winners. Cincinnati and Notre Dame claimed five winners each while DePaul had three and Seton Hall and West Virginia had two.
The winners include six student-athletes who were chosen to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams in the 2008-09 season. West Virginia’s Ruoff was an Academic All-America First Team selection in basketball, while Notre Dame’s Brittany Bock and Patrick Smyth were first team picks in soccer and track and field, respectively. Syracuse lacrosse standout Katie Rowan was a first team Academic All-America selection to the women’s at-large team. Georgetown’s Maggie Infeld was a third team pick to the Academic All-America track and field team, while Notre Dame rower Lauren Buck earned third-team accolades on the women’s at-large team.
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 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 athletic representatives.
2008-09 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award Winners