ELMIRA — The Empire 8 Conference honored 77 Elmira College student-athletes, including Sabrina Didas (Women's Volleyball) of Dansville, on its President's List, which recognizes student-athletes who earned a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher during the spring term. In addition, a total of 11 EC teams were named to the E8 All-Academic Team for possessing a GPA of 3.20 and higher.

"Our student-athletes continue to achieve at very high levels in the classroom. I am so proud of their accomplishments," said E8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano. "The commitment to academic excellence from our member institutions is unmatched and these numbers prove it."

Recipients of the President's List distinction must be enrolled full-time at their respective institution and carry a minimum GPA of 3.75 while participating in a conference-sponsored sport and displaying positive conduct on-and-off campus. As the Empire 8 states, "Its commitment to serve the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of the Empire 8."

In total, 750 student-athletes from across the Empire 8 Conference earned a spot on the President's List, while a total of 116 teams were named to the E8 All-Academic Team.

Of the nine institutions in the E8, seven placed 10 or more teams on the E8 All-Academic Team. Among EC's 11 All-Academic Team recipients, women's volleyball and field hockey shared the honor of having the highest GPA among the Soaring Eagles, as both finished the spring term with a 3.59. Women's basketball and women's tennis were not far behind with GPAs of 3.54 and 3.52, respectively. Also qualifying for the award were men's ice hockey, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's lacrosse, softball, women's soccer and women's ice hockey.

Additionally, each Empire 8-affiliated institution sported a healthy 3.00 GPA and six of the nine finished the spring term with a 3.20 GPA or better. As a department, Elmira finished with an impressive 3.21 GPA.

Costello named to SUNYAC Academic Honor Roll

POTSDAM — Liam Costello, a resident of Nunda, was one of 102 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes to earn a spot on the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for the 2018-19 school year, the conference announced.

Costello is a freshman member of the SUNY Potsdam men's track and field team. Athletes named to the academic honor roll had a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA for the year.