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2014-05-16 Olivet leads CCAC with 71 All-Academic honorees
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Olivet leads CCAC with 71 spring All-Academic honorees

Author: Dave Laketa, CCAC Sports Information
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

CHICAGO --- A total of 299 student-athletes from Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member schools have been named to their respective spring sport all-academic teams, it was announced by the league office on Friday morning.  The total is an increase of 37 student-athletes from the previous year when 262 individuals were recognized in the eight spring sports – baseball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track & field.

Olivet Nazarene University claimed the most representatives with 71 Tiger student-athletes being awarded, bolstered by league-best numbers in the sports of men's golf (four), women's golf (five), women's outdoor track & field (19) and men's outdoor track & field (21).  The 21 awardees in the latter sport also represented the most for any spring sport.

Placing second behind Olivet Nazarene was University of St. Francis with 61 honorees.  Saint teams topped the charts in the sports of baseball (10), men's tennis  (four) and women's tennis (eight). 

Also finishing among the top five were Cardinal Stritch University (27 recipients), Robert Morris University (25) and Saint Xavier University (24).  Cardinal Stritch boasted the most softball recipients among conference members with 10. 

Other schools with as many as 10 honorees across the eight sports were Trinity Christian College (21), Judson University (17), Calumet College of St. Joseph (16) and Roosevelt University (15). 

Rounding out the list were Holy Cross College, Purdue University Calumet and Trinity International University with six recipients each and Purdue University North Central with four.   

Of the eight sports, both baseball and women's outdoor track & field had the most selections with 60 each.  Softball had the biggest increase in recipients from the previous year, going from 39 to 56. 

Seven of the 299 awardees maintained a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average with 68 selections being repeat choices and another 49 earning the designation for the third year in a row. 

To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must have been enrolled at his/her respective CCAC school for a minimum of one academic year, have completed at least 30 semester hours and boast no less than a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.