Aug. 4, 2016
The Georgetown University field hockey and men's swimming & diving programs were among 22 BIG EAST Conference teams that were recognized with 2015-16 Team Academic Excellence Awards. The award is given to the team with the highest collective grade-point average (GPA) in each conference sport.
Eight of the 10 conference institutions were recognized and Georgetown was one of six with more than one team honoree.
The field hockey team picked up its fourth Team Academic Excellence Award in the last six years. Senior Aliyah Graves-Brown (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Academy), who also became the first Hoya in program history to be selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team, highlighted 17 student-athletes who were named to the 2015-16 BIG EAST All-Academic Team last week.
Last month, Graves-Brown and track & field graduate student Katrina Coogan C'16 were named recipients of the 2015-16 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence award for their respective sports.
Georgetown, whose eight wins were its most since 2002, was also a recipient of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Collegiate National Academic Team Award for the ninth-straight season and had 12 student-athletes selected to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
Men's swimming & diving earned Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honors after posting a spring GPA of 3.345. The Hoyas also collected Scholar All-America honors after the fall semester.
Georgetown, who had 25 student-athletes named to the 2015-16 BIG EAST All-Academic Team, earned a program-high 28 All-BIG EAST selections after the Hoyas won their third-consecutive silver medal at the 2016 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships.
BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Award winners were chosen based on the 2015-16 GPA of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution's roster as of the last contest of the championship segment in each conference-sponsored sport.