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Conference USA Announces Institutional and Sport Academic Awards



CHICAGO – For the second consecutive year, the DePaul women’s tennis team claimed the highest team grade point average of any Conference USA program while the men’s track and field program earned the highest GPA for the fifth year in-a-row.  Overall, three Blue Demon programs earned their respective team academic awards.  The women’s tennis and men’s track and field teams were joined by the women’s cross country program.

The Sport Academic Award is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest grade point average for the current academic year.  In addition to the five-year run, the men’s track and field program has claimed the top GPA in seven of the nine years C-USA has honored the top teams.

A year ago, the women’s tennis program claimed the top team GPA among C-USA’s 14 institutions with a mark of 3.68.  This year, they improved on that with a team GPA of 3.73.  Men’s track and field cumulated a GPA of 3.13 while women’s cross country was at 3.55 to finish second among all programs behind women’s tennis.

Saint Louis University was given the Institutional Excellence Award with an institution GPA of 3.23.  The Billikens won the institutional award for the ninth straight year.

2003-04 Conference USA Sport Academic Awards

 Sport  Recipient  GPA
 Baseball  Saint Louis  3.21
 Men's Basketball  USF  2.73
 Women's Basketball  Saint Louis  3.04
 Men's Cross Country  Saint Louis  3.25
 Women's Cross Country  DePaul  3.55
 Football  Southern Miss  2.50
 Men's Golf  Louisville  3.36
 Women's Golf  Louisville  3.49
 Men's Soccer  USF  3.22
 Women's Soccer  Saint Louis  3.48
 Softball  Saint Louis  3.53
 Women's Swimming & Diving  Saint Louis  3.49
 Men's Tennis  Memphis  3.36
 Women's Tennis  DePaul  3.73
 Men's Track & Field  DePaul  3.13
 Women's Track & Field  Marquette  3.28
 Volleyball  Southern Miss  3.48