Repella, Viglianco Earn Big East Top Honor

West Virginia University placed two individuals on the 2010-11 Big East Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards, which recognize academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.

Women's basketball player Liz Repella and women's rower Rachel Viclianco were among the 24 players honored by the league. The Big East picked one scholar-athlete in each sport that is recognized by the conference.

The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each Big East sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the big East Faculty Athletics Representative Council.

Repella, who just completed her career at WVU, was an All-Big East first team pick and an honorable All-America selection. On the academic side, she was a first team All-America selection and an NCAA postgraduate scholar recipient. She was also a Big East Academic All-Star and a member of the WVU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.

Viglianco, also a senior, was a Big East Academic All-Star, a member of the WVU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll while studying as a member of West Virginia's Honors College, and an Academic All-American. She earned second team All-America honors for her performance on the water this year. She was also a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American and earned national scholar athlete recognition from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

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