South Dakota placed 40 student-athletes on the 2010-11 Great West Winter/Spring Academic All-Conference team, the league announced last week.
South Dakota women�s indoor/outdoor track and field led the way with 15 selections, followed by men�s track and field (indoor and outdoor) with nine. Women�s basketball had six honorees, followed by softball and women�s golf with four each. Men�s basketball and women�s tennis each had one selection.
Athletes were named to the team based on a minimum cumulative 3.2 grade point average. The athletes also must have participated in at least 50 percent of their respective team�s contests. Using the institutions� most recent GPA, the student-athletes are selected by each member institution�s sports information director, with approval from the faculty athletic representative and the head coach. First-year students and transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible.
For the second straight year, the Coyotes led the way with four student-athletes achieving perfect 4.0 grade point averages (GPA): junior Nick Beare (Sioux Falls), Alexa Duling (Gregory), sophomore Megan Meyer (Bismarck) and senior Crystal Schiernbeck (Ida Grove, IA).
A dozen Coyotes earned Great West All-Academic honors for a third straight year.
The Coyotes also had 13 student-athletes earn their second consecutive honor.
Including the 34 Coyote swimmers and divers honored by the Summit League, South Dakota had 102 student-athletes earn academic all-conference honors for the 2010-11 school year. Coyote men�s golf will learn its honorees from the America Sky Conference in the days ahead.