The NCAA has named 31 student-athletes as Elite 88 award winners from the winter championships season. Texas A&M's Alyssa Conner (women's swimming & diving) is one of those to be recognized with the prestigious honor.
The Elite 88, 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 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships.
Conner, from Granite Bay, Calif., received the award with perfect 4.0 grade point average while pursuing her undergraduate degree in marketing. Conner is two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving Team and has received special recognition each year for her 4.0 GPA. It is the second year in a row that a Texas A&M swimmer has garnered the honor after Ella Doerge received it at last year's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
All GPAs are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and competing at the championship.
For more information on the Elite 88 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite88