Huskies Hit 3.0 GPA Mark for Tenth Straight Semester



May 14, 2010

DeKALB, Ill. - Ten and counting. The Spring 2010 grades are in at Northern Illinois University and for the 10th straight semester - dating back to Fall 2005 - Huskie student-athletes have combined to post a cumulative grade point average above 3.0, NIU Senior Associate Athletic Director Francine St. Clair announced Friday.

The Huskies' Spring 2010 GPA came in at 3.016 as 10 of NIU's 16 programs (women's indoor and outdoor track are combined) hold cumulative averages above the 3.0 mark. Following the spring semester, 188 NIU student-athletes own a GPA of 3.0 or higher and 10 have a perfect 4.0.

"The student-athletes, coaches and staff at Northern Illinois take great pride in this 3.0 GPA streak," said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. "It is a very visible result of our collective commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes. I want to especially congratulate Francine St. Clair and the staff of our Student-Athlete Academic Support Services unit, and recognize the support they receive from many individuals, departments and offices throughout the NIU campus. They all deserve to celebrate this accomplishment."

For the fourth straight semester, and the fifth time in the last six terms, the Northern Illinois volleyball team took top honors in cumulative grade point average as they came in with a 3.346 GPA. In terms of the semester grade point average, volleyball's 3.34 narrowly edged out women's soccer (3.33) and women's golf (3.31) with women's cross country (3.23), women's gymnastics (3.22) and softball (3.15) the next three on the term GPA list.

Those six teams also have the top cumulative GPAs with gymnastics (3.277) and cross country (3.272) coming in second and third on that list, followed by women's soccer (3.265), women's golf (3.194) and softball (3.170).

Northern Illinois' top men's team academically is golf as its 3.11 spring GPA contributed to a 3.160 cumulative mark. The Huskie women's tennis (3.097), women's track and field (3.072) and men's soccer (3.014) teams also own cumulative GPAs above 3.0 following the spring term. Even though spring is its competitive season, the NIU baseball team posted its highest cumulative grade point average in six semesters this spring, while football ranks third among Northern Illinois men's teams with its current 2.830 team GPA.

"It is quite an accomplishment for a group of 360 student-athletes, with all of the demands placed on their time from an athletic standpoint, to collectively achieve a 3.0 grade point average," St. Clair said. "Our student-athletes work hard in the classroom and have reached the point where they expect to meet this 3.0 standard each term."

Individually, 188 student-athletes own a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better following the spring semester and nine have achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA for their college career. The Huskie football team has 35 3.0 students, while women's track and field placed 22 individuals on the 3.0 list, followed by women's soccer (17), softball (14), gymnastics (13) and men's soccer (12).

The Huskies' 4.0 Scholar-Athletes include a pair of men's soccer players (Kyle Knotek, Michael Mascitti), three members of the women's track and field squad (Jenelle McCalla, Jenner Sio and Kaylee Walters), cross country/track and field standout Courtney Oldenburg as well as Sam Grams of volleyball, Paul Hammerschmidt from men's golf and Ryan Neir of the football team.

The list of NIU student-athletes who own a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (by sport) following the Spring 2010 follows (as of May 14).

Baseball (9)
Alex Beckmann
Joe Buonavolanto
Kyle Glancy
Cody Jacobson
Tom Kotis
Tony Manville
Zach Oates
Brian Smith
Troy White

Cross Country (10)
Breanna Brevitt
Heather Childs
Nancy Maritim
Samantha McConeghey
Courtney Oldenburg *
Ashley Rittenbacher
Jackie Sciacero
Kayla Stipp
Amanda Trancoso
Jessica Troike

Football (35)
Zach Anderson
Alan Baxter
Brandon Bice
Travis Bond
Tyler Clasey
Jake Coffman
Adam Coleman
Akeem Daniels
Tommy Davis
Ross Elliott
Alex Faust
Daniel Green
Chandler Harnish
A.J. Hill
Nabal Jefferson
Kyle Jenkins
Nick Kamenjarin
Adam Kiel
Mike Krause
Matt Krempel
Jordan Lynch
Pat McAvoy
Ryan Morris
Ryan Neir *
Keith Otis
Joe Pawlak
D.J. Pirkle
Kevin Sabock
Jason Schepler
Pat Schiller
Barrington Scott
Alan Smith
Justin Stewart
Boone Thorgesen
Jody Van Laanen

Gymnastics (13)
Rachel Adams
Natalie Blum
Shonda Clore
Ashley Guerra
Sarah Hurley
Marisa Liptak
Ashley Major
Tamara Murskyj
Tanya Rachan
Natalie Sutter
Jillian Tanaka
Jessica Watanabe
Brittany Zimmermann

Men's Basketball (4)
Bryan Hall
Antone Christian
Mike DiNunno
Xavier Silas

Men's Golf (5)
Jeff Dick
Andrew Frame
Matt Gorman
Paul Hammerschmidt *
Tim Kay

Men's Soccer (12)
Brad Bahr
Engebreth Faerden
Jordan Godsey
Finn Jor
Kyle Knotek *
Dzianis Lysenka
Mike Mascitti *
Hooman Shams
Patrick Sloan
Stefan Vaziri
Aaron Zendejas
Joe Zimka

Men's Tennis (3)
Javier Bernabe
Greg Czajkowski
John Kuang

Softball (14)
Jennifer Barnett
Morgan Bittner
Ashley Cann
Emily Gooding
Kayla Kramer
Carly Norton
Whitney Owens
Allie Parker
Adriana Sanchez
Monica Segura
Amanda Sheppard
Kate Welsh
Michelle Williams
Alexandra Wulbecker

Women's Track and Field (22)
Breanna Brevitt
Mary Bull
Cora Caulfield
Heather Childs
Jessica Johnson
Chanel Kellyman
Nancy Maritim
Jenelle McCalla *
Samantha McConeghey
Rochelle Muskeyvalley
Courtney Oldenburg *
Ashley Rittenbacher
Jackie Sciacero
Jenner Sio *
Camille Smith
Kayla Stipp
Amanda Trancoso
Jessica Troike
Jennifer Voss
Tiffany Wallick
Kaylee Walters *
Nicole Williams

Volleyball (11)
Sam Grams *
Sue Hayes
Kristin Hoffman
Maddie Hughes
Mary Kurisch
Monica Lang
Allison McGlaughlin
Meghan Romo
Meagan Schoenrock
Amanda Tadla
Cassie Yates

Women's Basketball (6)
Mauvolyene Adams
Bianca Brown
Shaakira Haywood
Courtney Shelton
Becky Smith
Kylie York

Women's Golf (9)
Kim Bailey
Michelle Caporusso
Devon Harteneck
Kim Hunley
Jessica Parmenter
Allie Parthie
Kelsie Passolt
Laura Schutte
Mandi Vavrinchik

Women's Soccer (17)
Meaghan Bennett
Lindsey Curnock
Micaela Damas
Lauren Eberts
Erin Fahey
Kaylee Heller
Shelbi Johnson
Natasha Kelley
Lisa Maier
Kelly Mullany
Nici Newquist
Kelsey Passaglia
Kylie Revelle
Kim Schmitt
Jamie Sitter
Mo Smunt
Annie Wyer

Women's Tennis (7)
Brittni Fausett
Brooke Forsberg
Stephanie Okuma
Kendall Robison
Emily Rogers
Martina Schnapp
Nao Umemura

Wrestling (11)
Zach Benzio
Dan Burk
Justin Carlson
Vince Castillo
Brad Dieckhaus
Kevin Fanta
Patrick McLemore
Shane Rosenberry
Dan Ruettiger
Zach Taylor
Jared Torrence

* indicates student-athlete owns a 4.0 cumulative GPA

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