July 28, 2011
Big East Academic All-Stars
PITTSBURGH-One hundred and thirty-three University of Pittsburgh student-athletes earned Big East Academic All-Star honors for their outstanding academic and athletic performance during the 2010-11 academic year, the conference announced on Thursday.
44 percent of this year's recipients are repeat Big East Academic All-Stars from previous seasons and 15 student-athletes have earned their fourth straight nomination. The 15 Pitt student-athletes who earned their fourth consecutive Big East Academic All-Star honor include Justin Boehm (South Park, Pa.) and Andy Kalas (North Huntingdon, Pa.) of men's soccer; Charles Hauser (Latrobe, Pa.) and Alex McLaren (North Sannich, B.C., Canada) of men's swimming and diving; Laura Berbert (Germantown, Md.) and Morie Kephart (State College, Pa.) of women's soccer; Cory Berliner (Fort Collins, Colo.) of softball; Sarah Looney (Sugar Hill, Ga.), Courtney McIntyre (York, Pa.) and Kristen McMullan (West Chester, Pa.) of women's swimming and diving; Elizabeth Adams (Reading, Pa.) of women's tennis; Kaitlyn Flynn (Liverpool, N.Y.), Victoria Toso (Reading, Pa.) and Leah Ulizio (Allegheny Township, Pa.) of women's track & field/cross country and Amy Town (Orillia, Ontario) of women's volleyball.
Both the women's swimming and diving and track and field/cross country teams led all squads with 20 All-Big East Academic All-Star selections apiece.
The 2010-11 University of Pittsburgh Big East Academic All-Star list includes all varsity sports with the exception of football, which is announced separately. Pitt competes in the Eastern Wrestling League and East Atlantic Gymnastics League.
The 17 Pitt football players who were named to the all-academic team following the 2010 season are as follows: Pat Bostick (Lancaster, Pa.), Myles Caragein (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Pat Costello (Greensburg, Pa.), Dom DeCicco (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), Kolby Gray (Houston, Texas), Max Gruder (Charlotte, N.C.), Kevin Harper (Mentor, Ohio), Henry Hynoski (Elysburg, Pa.), Andrew Janocko (Clearfield, Pa.), Chris Mike (West Haven, Conn.), Marco Pecora (Johnston, Pa.), Mike Shanahan (North Huntingdon, Pa.), Tino Sunseri (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Andrew Taglianetti (Bridgeville, Pa.), Tyler Tkach (Slatington, Pa.), Joe Trebitz (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Matt Yoklic (Gibsonia, Pa.).
Honorees must be athletic letterwinners who have posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters of academic work.
2010-11 PITT ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS
*290 student-athletes achieved a 3.0 term GPA or above
*21 student-athletes achieved a 4.0 term GPA
*17 members of the football team were named to the Big East All-Academic Team
*5 members of the gymnastics team were named to the All-American Scholar-Athlete team by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women (NACGC-W)
*7 gymnasts were named to the EAGL All-Academic Team (including 1 four-time honoree)
*3 members of the women's tennis team achieved ITA Scholar-Athlete honors
*Women's tennis was regarded as an ITA All-Academic Team Awardee
*Women's swimming and diving earned its 11th consecutive all-academic distinction
*4 men and 3 women for the swimming and diving team garnered CSCAA Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention All-America Accolades
*Phil Konieczny named to CoSIDA's ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Baseball Team
*Ryan Tomei earned a spot on the National Wrestling Coaches Association's All-Academic Team
*Kayla Zinger was named a NFCA Division I Scholar-Athlete
*Elizabeth Adams of the women's tennis team was named an American Eagle Outfitters Big East Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete
*52 cheerleaders and dance team members achieved a 3.0 term GPA or above
*All 19 athletic programs exceeded APR NCAA standings in the latest rankings
*Two programs - men's basketball and gymnastics - ranked among the nation's top 10 percent in their respective sports in the latest APR scores released by the NCAA.