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Erica Payne Of Stanford University Wins Elite 89 Award For 2014 Division I Women’s Basketball Championship

NASHVILLE---Erica Payne, a junior at Stanford University, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The Elite 89 award, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the...

Sam Malone of University of Kentucky wins Elite 89 Award for Division I Men’s Basketball Championship

Sam Malone, a junior at the University of Kentucky, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. The Elite 89 award, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-...

NCAA salutes top academic winners from fall championships

Twenty-two student-athletes were presented with Elite 89 awards at each of their respective fall championships.

Elite 90 Academic Recognition Award Program

The ELITE 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.

Selection criteria

  1. Student-athlete must be in at least his or her second year (in any sport) at his or her current institution.
  2. Student-athlete is an active member on the roster, eligible for the championship, and a member of the designated squad size at the championship site in sports with squad size limitations. For team sports: If they are injured during the course of one of the NCAA tournament games, they must have played in more than 90 percent of the team’s regular season games. For individual/team sports, the student-athlete must be physically able to compete at the finals site.
  3. Credits completed shall only consist of those credits accumulated at the current institution and shall not include any transfer or AP credits.
  4. Only undergraduate GPA is applicable.  If the student-athlete has graduated and is in graduate school, he or she is still eligible for the award but consideration will be based strictly on an undergraduate GPA. Graduate students must be in good academic standing with the university.
  5. Each student-athlete is only eligible to win the award once per academic year, even if he or she participates in more than one sport.

Swimming and indoor and outdoor track relays and divers:

  1. Swimming relay teams: A student-athlete must have qualified for the championship on his or her own merits. A student-athlete is not eligible to win if he or she is a relay alternate.
  2. Track relay teams: A student-athlete must have been on the relay team that achieved the qualifying mark to be eligible to win the award.
  3. Divers must qualify for the national championship portion of the meet to be eligible to win the award.

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NCAA salutes top academic winners from spring championships

Three repeat winners, one two-time winner and three institutions with multiple winners highlight the Elite 89 awards from the NCAA 2013 spring championships. Of the 37 student-athletes named as Elite 89 award winners, four were honored for...

NCAA salutes top academic winners from winter championships

INDIANAPOLIS---Two repeat honorees, along with the men’s and women’s basketball recipients from the same school, a first in the four-year history of the award, highlight the NCAA Elite 89 award winners from the NCAA 2012-13 winter...

Louisville's Schimmel wins Elite 89 Award

Also for the first time in the four-year history of the award, the men’s and women’s basketball recipients were from the same school. Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear was presented with the men’s basketball Elite 89 award on Thursday evening...

Louisville’s Blackshear wins Elite 89 Award

Wayne Blackshear, a sophomore at the University of Louisville, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Elite 89 award, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the...

NCAA salutes top academic winners from Fall Championships

Two repeat winners, two previous winners and two institutions with multiple winners highlight the Elite 89 awards from the NCAA 2012 fall championships. Women’s volleyball featured winners in both Division II and III that had previously...

NCAA salutes top academic winners from fall championships

A repeat winner in football, along with a three-time recipient and a two-time honoree in different sports, lead the list of 22 student-athletes named as the top academic performers from the NCAA fall championships season. Senior Jared...

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