Xavier Baseball, Men's Swimming Tops in BIG EAST Academically

Coach Brent MacDonald's men's swimmers led the BIG EAST in the pool and in the classroom.

Coach Brent MacDonald's men's swimmers led the BIG EAST in the pool and in the classroom.
Aug. 4, 2014

CINCINNATI - Xavier's baseball and men's swimming programs have again beaten their BIG EAST rivals, and this time it's academic success added to championship success. The BIG EAST announced that each team was named the 2013-14 Conference Academic Excellence Award winners for its respective sport. The award is given to the schools with the top team grade-point average in each conference sport.

The announcement comes after each team placed multiple student-athletes on the 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Xavier men's swimming had 14 student-athletes earn the minimum 3.00 grade-point average required to earn the honor. Musketeers' baseball placed 26 on the All-Academic Team.

The award caps off a banner year for both programs. Men's swimming won the program's first conference championship, and Xavier's first BIG EAST title, at the 2014 BIG EAST Swimming Championship. The team collected 12 gold medals at the meet, six belonging to Chad Thompson who was named BIG EAST Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer. Coach Brent MacDonald also collected BIG EAST Men's Swimming Coach of the Year honors.

Xavier Baseball also brought home a BIG EAST title after a memorable run in the post-season. After falling to Creighton in the opening game of the BIG EAST Tournament, the Musketeers won three straight games to claim the title of BIG EAST Champions and earn a trip to the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament. Xavier fell to host and eventual national champion Vanderbilt, 11-0, in the regional opener. Xavier then collected the program's second-ever NCAA tournament win against Clemson, 6-4, before falling to Oregon, 11-8, in extra innings