Cunningham, Niemer Honored by BIG EAST
Stephanie Niemer

June 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Cincinnati student-athletes Stephen Cunningham and Stephanie Niemer earned 2010-11 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards, which recognize academic and athletic achievement as well as community service, the conference announced last week.

Cunningham qualified for two A finals at the BIG EAST Championship. He swam a personal best of 15:34.46, the seventh-fastest time in school history, in the 1,650 freestyle to place fifth. Cunningham took sixth place in the men's 500-yard freestyle with his personal best and NCAA B time of 4:26.65, the fifth-fastest time in school history. He won the 500 freestyle at the FAU Invitational with an effort of 4:39.00 and the 500 freestyle at the Miami Invitational, clocking a time of 4:29.12.

Niemer was the 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year and was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association Second Team All-American, the program's first player to be named to the second team. She was the BIG EAST Player of the Week for five consecutive weeks and six weeks overall - both conference records - and to the Northeast All-Region Team. She finished her UC career ranked first in service aces and second in kills and kills per set. She started all 36 matches this season and finished with 16 double-doubles, while leading the team in attacks, kills per set (5.12), points (5.93) and serves (.37).

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.

Complete BIG EAST release here.