Huskies Post Fifth Straight 3.0 Semester

GO HUSKIES An impressive 207 Huskie student-athletes currently own a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, including 47 members of the NIU football team.
An impressive 207 Huskie student-athletes currently own a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, including 47 members of the NIU football team.

Jan. 8, 2008

DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois student-athletes in 17 sports programs combined to post a 3.062 combined grade point average this fall, marking the second-highest GPA for Huskie Athletics in school history, as well as the fifth straight semester above the 3.0 mark.

Northern Illinois has now surpassed the 3.0 mark in seven of the last eight terms dating back to the Spring of 2004. The Huskies compiled its best GPA ever last fall (3.074) with this semester's 3.062 a close second. In all, 10 Huskie teams earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better this fall, while 207 student-athletes currently own a GPA at or above the 3.0 standard.

"To be certain, Northern Illinois student-athletes continue to raise the bar when it comes to their performance in the classroom," said NIU Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Dr. Jim Phillips. "It is important not to lose sight of the hard work and commitment it takes to keep achieving these results. Congratulations must go not only to the student-athletes, but also to the Huskie coaches, to the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) staff and many others on campus who support the academic efforts of our students on a daily basis."

While softball (3.341), women's soccer (3.297) and gymnastics (3.294) earned the highest GPA marks for the semester just completed, volleyball and men's tennis climbed to the top of the charts in terms of cumulative grade point averages with volleyball checking in first among all NIU teams with a 3.300 mark, followed by men's tennis at 3.293. Women's soccer ranks third in cumulative GPA at 3.286, followed by gymnastics (3.273), softball (3.228) and women's cross country (3.184) in the four through six spots.

Four other Huskie teams join that group with a cumulative GPA above 3.0: women's basketball (3.174), women's golf (3.142), men's golf (3.133) and women's track and field (3.082).

The Northern Illinois football team enjoyed its third straight record-setting semester as the squad's cumulative GPA rose to an all-time high of 2.868 with 47 players - nearly half of the team - coming in with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. NIU had 33 football players exceed the 3.0 standard in the spring. The 2.868 mark tops the 2.797 GPA posted by the Huskie football team last spring.

Head Coach Ray Gooden's volleyball team also established a record-high cumulative GPA this fall with its 3.300 as did men's golf (3.133), softball (3.228) and baseball (2.810).

NIU's current total of 207 3.0 student-athletes is 36 more than hit that mark last spring. In addition to the 47 football players now carrying a 3.0 GPA, 20 members of the women's soccer team were on the 3.0 list along with 16 women's track and field participants and 15 gymnasts. Ten Huskie teams boasted 10 or more 3.0 students last fall.

Among those on the 3.0 list are nine Huskies who check in with perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs: volleyball's Dani D'Ambrose and Jessica Schultz, Kaylee Walter and Jessica Statler from women's track and field, women's soccer players Annie Wyer and Karen Enockson, and Will McDermott (wrestling), Andrew Timmerman (football) and Kyle Knotek (men's soccer). An impressive 39 student-athletes earned straight A's - or a 4.0 GPA - for the fall 2007 semester.

"We are very pleased with these results from the fall, but there is always room for improvement," said Francine St. Clair, Senior Associate Athletic Director and Director of SAASS. "With the resources now available to us on campus and the new facilities in the Yordon Center, we have set our goals even higher going forward."

The Huskies' current string of 3.0 semesters began in fall 2005 with a 3.008 mark and was followed by record-setting efforts of 3.036 and 3.074 in spring and fall of 2006, respectively. Last spring, NIU student-athletes combined for a 3.030 GPA.

The complete list of NIU's 3.0 student-athletes follows (individuals carrying a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA indicated by *):


Volleyball (13)
Maria Benitez
Dani D'Ambrose *
Gina Guide
Jody Hardwick
Maddie Hughes
Irene Johnson
Monica Lang
Kate McCullagh
Meagan Schoenrock
Jessica Schultz*
Amanda Tadla
Amy Ward
Cassie Yates

Women's Soccer (20)
Meaghan Bennett
Kaitlin Bujak
Michelle Christian
Lindsey Curnock
Micaela Damas
Nicki Dykes
Elaine Eliadis
Karen Enockson *
Erin Fahey
Audrey Holmer
Thea Johnson
Megan Kolkay
Hannah Nussbaum
Marisa Oriente
Kim Schmitt
Christen Schuler
Mo Smunt
Katie Sturges
Cara Stutler
Annie Wyer*

Men's Soccer (12)
J.C. Aikenhead
Steve Algozino
Jeff Atkins
Brad Bahr
Luis De La Cerda
Enge Faerden
Chris Johnson
Kyle Knotek *
Chris Rufa
Kevin Woerner
Aaron Zendejas
Joe Zimka

Wrestling (13)
Justin Carlson
Pat Castillo
Vince Castillo
Bryan Deutsch
Brad Dieckhaus
Kalen Knull
Jesse Linczmaier
Will McDermott *
Pat McLemore
Bryan O'Connor
Aaron Owen
Zach Taylor
Anthony Victor

Women's Track & Field (16)
Jennene Anthony
Rasheta Butler
Cora Caulfield
Brittney Chambers
Micaela Damas
Kristin Ewald
Margaret Gorski
Brittany Houghton
Lauren Kubasiak
Brandie Lindo
Jessica Macklin
Rochelle Muskeyvalley
Lekeshia Parker
Jessica Statler *
Kaylee Walters *
Stephanie Young

Football (47)
Eli Alafogianis
Anthony Antonacci
Bryan Beckner
Brandon Bice
Paul Blalock
Jon Brost
Willie Clark
Tyler Clasey
Landon Cox
Jason Cruikshank
Brandon Davis
Jon Ellison
Jeff Fontana
Adam Grimm
Chandler Harnish
Dan Hilbert
Nick Kamenjarin
Adam Kiel
David Koronkiewicz
Mike Krause
John Kremer
Alex Krutsch
Zach Larsen
Jack Marks
Anthony Mason
Tim Mayerbock
Pat McAvoy
Ryan Morris
Keith Otis
Nolan Owen
Joe Pawlak
David Pratt
Mark Reiter
Craig Rusch
Mike Salerno
Pat Schiller
Adam Schroeder
Matt Simon
Alan Smith
Justin Stewart
Boone Thorgesen
Andrew Timmerman *
John Tranchitella
Scott Wedige
Jacke Wertz
Shaun Wild
Spencer Williamson

Gymnastics (15)
Tiffany Anderson
Natalie Blum
Meghan Cronin
Allison Holysz
Sarah Hurley
Amanda Johnson
Jessica Marston
Jennifer Naughton
Holly Reichard
Jennifer Rice
Jocelyn Sandoval
Jillian Tanaka
Jessica Watanabe
Amber Whitecotton
Brittany Zimmerman

Women's Basketball (10)
Mauvolyene Adams
Mary Basic
Bianca Brown
Whitney Lowe
Tara Michels
Stephanie Raymond
Aileen Rossouw
Becky Smith
Sharí Welton
Jessie Wilcox

Women's Cross Country (5)
Brittany Sasek
Meghan Ginter
Alli Grissom
Stacey Rosch
Denisse Valladares

Men's Golf (6)
Jeff Dick
Andrew Frame
Zach Jecklin
Tim Kay
Kyle Martin
Alex Wagner

Softball (14)
Katie Colby
Andrea Colosimo
Emily Gooding
Kate Greenough
Joreigh Landers
Krista McPherson
Michelle Nendza
Bailey Ouellette
Kelly Park
Allie Parker
Jenna Roberts
Krystn Sendehas
Ellen Stoddard
Kate Welsh

Men's Tennis (6)
Javier Bernabe
Jimmy Chu
Alex Friesen
Matthew Hansen
Alfonso Monroy
Diego Zegarra-Ballón

Women's Golf (9)
Lisa Bailey
Carissa Burdi
Anna Coil
Devon Harteneck
Kim Hunley
Abbie Many
Anne Senn
Nicci Schultz
Laura Schutte

Women's Tennis (4)
Jenny Edner
Brooke Forsberg
Stephanie Okuma
Nao Umemura

Baseball (13)
Brad Allen
Dan Atkenson
Nick Badgley
Cody Beck
Matt Behren
Joe Buonavolanto
Joe Etcheverry
Tim Kamin
Pat Minogue
Zach Oates
Marvin Sanchez
Bobby Stevens
Tom Zelasko

Men's Basketball (4)
Michael Hart
Zach Pancratz
Michael Patton
Ben Rand

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