The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced that Southwest Minnesota State is one of 67 NCAA Division II schools to earn the ITA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year.
Three SMSU student-athletes, Allison Niedert, Maria Lindberg and Thuy-Dung Nguyen were recipients of the ITA scholar-athlete award.
To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a student must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters. The ITA All-Academic Team award is given to programs that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
Niedert, a freshman from Madison, S.D., had a 3.54 GPA in elementary education. Lindberg, a junior from Perham, had a 3.85 GP in elementary eduction. Nguyen, a senior from Sioux City, Iowa, is a culinary major with a 3.89 GPA.