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Feb. 22, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—University of Pittsburgh softball player Kelly Hmiel and swimmer Pierre-Antoine Meunier were named the 2012 American Eagle Outfitters Big East Institutional Scholar-Athletes by the Big East Conference Academic Affairs Committee.

A third baseman on the softball team, Hmiel (York, Pa.) majors in administration of justice. In 2011, Hmiel earned All-Big East Second Team honors and ranked among the NCAA leaders in slugging percentage (25th), home runs (32nd) and RBI per game (43rd). She set the single-season school record for batting average (.393), league batting average (.446), RBI (50) and shares the home run title (15).

Hmiel became the first Panther to earn a national player of the week honor when she was selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Player of the Week (March 15). She was also the Big East Player of the Week that day.

Meunier (Villers-Le-Temple, Belgium) is a member of the men’s swimming and diving team. As a rehabilitation science major, he achieved a 4.0 GPA last spring and earned the team’s academic award as a result. He was also a CSCAA Academic All-American Honorable Mention selection. During the 2012 Big East Championship held at Trees Pool, Meunier swam the second leg of the 400 medley relay, helping the squad earn All-Big East honors, while also setting a school record with a NCAA provisional finish (3:13.41). Meunier also posted season bests in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, finishing ninth and 12th, respectively.

This past summer, Meunier and his relay team set a national record in the 400 medley relay at the Belgium National Championships.

Kelly Hmiel and Pierre-Antoine Meunier Earn Big East Institutional Scholar-Athlete Honors

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