Sports Briefs: summer highlights

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Omaha Track & Field named Division I All-Academic Team

The University of Nebraska at Omaha track & field team has recently been recognized as a Division I All-Academic Team by the national coaches association. The requirement for earning this honor is that the team has a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better. The Mavericks were one of 224 women’s teams honored, with a team GPA of 3.50. After their four-year reclassification to Division I, the team looks to enter their first year of NCAA Championship eligibility this season.

Alumna 11th Fittest Woman in the World at CrossFit Games

Since graduating from UNO in 2007 with an exercise science degree and playing four years of volleyball, Stacie Tovar has gone on to finish 11th in the CrossFit Games. CrossFit is a relatively new fitness concept that focuses on functional movement such as moving large loads, long distances, quickly. Over 75,000 CrossFitters worldwide qualify for the competition each year. Tovar has advanced to the world championships every year since 2009.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DUSTIN TOVAR
PHOTO COURTESY OF DUSTIN TOVAR

Volleyball team earns 16the straight AVCA Academic Award
The Omaha volleyball team has once again earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, their 16th in a row. Initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, this award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average. The Mavericks recorded a 3.63 GPA in 2014-15. They are one of 149 Division I teams that were honored this year.

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