Academic Honors for Cagers, Swimmer

A pair of Mountaineer basketball players have earned academic honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), while a Mountaineer swimmer has earned a post-graduate scholarship by capturing his sport's scholar-athlete award.

Men's basketball junior Alex Ruoff has been named to the 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II men's basketball first team as selected by CoSIDA. It is the second straight year Ruoff has earned district first-team honors.

A history major with a 3.79 GPA, Ruoff has started every game this season for the Mountaineers, averaging 14.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He is second in the Big East in 3-point field goals made and 3-point field goal percentage.

Ruoff, a native of Spring Hill, Fla., is now a candidate for Academic All-America honors.

Sparkle Davis
On the women's side, junior guard Sparkle Davis has been named to the All-District II second team.

A Decatur, Ga., native, Davis has a 3.82 GPA in business marketing and is a 2007 WVU McNair Scholar. This season, she has appeared in all 21 contests for the No. 12/11 Mountaineers with seven starts, averaging seven points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

On the pool deck men's senior swimmer Nick Delic has been recognized as a 2007-08 Big East/Aéropostale Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete award winner, providing him with $2,000 toward graduate studies.

Delic, a Split, Croatia, native, earned his first All-American honors as a member of the seventh place 200 free relay squad last season at the NCAA Championships. He also earned honorable mention All-America honors, contributing to the 11th place 400 free relay team, the 16th place 200 medley team and the 16th place 400 medley team.

Just a year earlier, Delic earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke with his 13th place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships in Atlanta. Delic owns eight school records, three Natatorium records and three Big East records in both individual and relay events.

The Big East/Aéropostale Scholar-Athlete Awards were established to recognize student-athletes who have achieved success in the classroom and on the field. Aéropostale sponsors all of the conference's academic awards for graduate or professional school studies and has provided apparel items to all participants at men's and women's Big East Championship events.

Delic along with the rest of the Mountaineer squad will head to the Nassau County Aquatic Center, in East Meadow, N.Y., for the Big East Championships. Last season the Mountaineer men's swimming and diving team captured first place for the first time in school history.

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