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Nov. 20, 2007

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior midfielder Erin Sullivan has been named to the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team as announced Tuesday morning. Sullivan’s selection marks the third consecutive year that a Gamecock has earned Academic All-American honors, the longest active streak for a Southeastern Conference school. She becomes the fifth Gamecock to earn the honor, following Jennie Ondo (2000-2nd team), Kanika McAlpine (2003-2nd team), Kimmy Criss (2005-3rd team) and Annie Galloway (2006-2nd team).

“This team has had such outstanding academic success,” head coach Shelley Smith said. “It’s nice to have individuals recognized in the success of our program and in their commitment to academics as well as what they do on the field.”

Sullivan (Augusta, Ga./Aquinas HS) has started every game this season for the Gamecocks and at the end of the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the conference in points (19), goals (seven), assists (five), shots on goal (23) and game-winning goals (three). An advertising major and three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Sullivan boasts a 3.83 grade point average and is currently 12th on the all-time USC scoring list with 30 career points. Sullivan was also nominated for the SEC Scholar-Athlete award. She is only the fourth player in school history to record a hat trick and hit the game-winning goal to defeat then-No. 1 North Carolina in the 2007 season opener.

“Erin’s definitely deserving of recognition as a scholar-athlete, especially after her performance on the field in addition to her outstanding class performance,” Smith said. “She had a tremendous senior year for our program and played at an All-SEC level on the field this year. Playing in such a competitive conference as the SEC, she didn’t get as much recognition with all of the outstanding players in this conference but she is completely deserving of any honors that she’s received.”

The Academic All-America® Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.