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DURHAM, N.C. (goduke.com) – At the NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup banquet Thursday evening at the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, N.C., Duke University sophomore Casey Martinez received the Elite 90 award.
Martinez, majoring in Biology, currently carries a 4.0 grade-point average. She has appeared in 22 matches, while making two starts. A native of Towson, Md., Martinez has registered four assists in the four 2015 NCAA Tournament matches for the Blue Devils.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-90.
She is the second Blue Devil in program history to earn the distinction and the fifth Duke student-athlete to do so since the award was created in 2009, joining Matt Anderson (men’s lacrosse, 2010), Monica DeMairo (women’s lacrosse, 2011) and Mollie Pathman (women’s soccer, 2011).
Duke is appearing in the NCAA College Cup for the third time in school history – 1992, 2011 and 2015.
The Blue Devils will next face top-seeded Florida State Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match will be aired live on ESPNU.