DeCoster, Gast Named UCI Scholar-Athletes
IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine Athletics honored 113 student-athletes at the annual Salute To Scholar-Athletes banquet on Wednesday night at the Bren Events Center including two men's tennis student-athletes.
This year's list of Scholar-Athletes brings UCI's total to 3,616 conference scholar-athletes since 1983, and now includes Mika DeCoster and Eric Gast, the 2011-12 honorees from the men's tennis squad.
Requirements for this award include maintaining a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) over the previous three quarters or a 3.2 GPA over two quarters for freshmen and transfer students. Student-athletes must also earn letters in their sports.
The Scholar-Athlete award was implemented by the Big West Conference to honor those student-athletes that have maintained a high level of scholastic excellence while participating in intercollegiate athletics. UCI expanded the award to include teams that do not participate in Big West-sponsored sports. In addition to the 113 scholar-athletes, UCI also honored several individuals.