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184 Student-Athletes Named to Fall 2003 Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Jan. 23, 2004

Butler University had 184 student-athletes named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, the athletics department announced today. The student-athletes achieved at least a 3.25 g.p.a. for the fall semester, and/or currently maintain a cumulative g.p.a. at or above a 3.25.

Included in this group are 16 student-athletes who achieved a perfect 4.0 g.p.a. for the fall semester.

"Butler student-athletes have always taken great pride in excelling at the highest level both in the classroom and in their respective sport," said Carol Reep, senior associate athletic director. "This year's group of student-athletes should be applauded for continuing that tradition of hard work and success."

In addition, Butler's men's tennis and women's swimming teams have been recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom with the Horizon League's "Raise Your Sights" Award.

Both teams were honored for having the highest grade point averages among Butler's 21 intercollegiate athletic teams at the end of the fall semester. The women's swimming team had a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.69, while the men's tennis team posted a 3.45 g.p.a.

"I have a very dedicated group of student-athletes and my women show that in the pool as well as the classroom," said swimming coach Nichole Ellis. "We are very fortunate to be able to recruit the type of athletes that want to excel in both the pool and the classroom. I am very proud to see that my women understand time management and that they can prioritize why they are athletes at Butler."

"It's just great that they can budget their time well enough to be successful in the classroom as well as on the court," said tennis coach Jason Suscha. "They are a disciplined bunch and it is very gratifying to be their coach."

The Horizon League and Butler will formally honor both of these teams, as well as the Fall 2003 Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll members at the annual athletic banquet, which has traditionally been held in April.