Huskie Student-Athletes Post Fourth Straight 3.0 Semester

GO HUSKIES NIU student-athletes continue to impress in the classroom with their fourth straight semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
GO HUSKIES
NIU student-athletes continue to impress in the classroom with their fourth straight semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
GO HUSKIES

May 30, 2007

DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois' 486 student-athletes combined to post a grade point average of 3.030 for the 2007 spring semester, marking the fourth straight term that NIU students who make up the school's 16 sports programs (women's indoor and outdoor track are combined) have achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.

Northern Illinois' football team followed a successful 2006 campaign on the field with a record-setting performance in the classroom during the 2007 spring semester. The Huskies combined for a 2.797 cumulative grade point average, the best mark in school history for the 100-plus member squad. Thirty-three players on the Northern Illinois football team boast a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or above.

The Huskies women's cross country team led a group of 10 NIU teams with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 as they edged women's gymnastics in the team G.P.A. race, 3.363 to 3.360. Those teams were followed by women's soccer (3.262), women's basketball (3.256) and volleyball (3.236) on the team ranking chart. The top-rated men's team, tennis, was next with a 3.234 cumulative grade point average.

The Northern Illinois women's golf (3.158), women's tennis (3.155), softball (3.125) and men's golf (3.033) squads also all came in with a cumulative G.P.A. above 3.0.

"Once again, the efforts of NIU student-athletes in the classroom have matched and even exceeded their results on the playing fields," said Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jim Phillips. "To be certain, congratulations go first to the students, but also to the coaches and staff, the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services unit, and the entire university community.

In all, 171 NIU student-athletes have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher following the spring term, while nine own perfect 4.0 marks. Those nine are Brad Bahr and Kyle Knotek (men's soccer), Elizabeth Lemrise (women's cross country), Anthony Mason (football), Will McDermott (wrestling), Jessica Schultz (volleyball), Jessica Statler (women's track and field), Sharí Welton (women's basketball) and Jody Yednock (gymnastics).

In addition to the 33 football student-athletes currently carrying a 3.0 average, women's soccer has 17 players at the 3.0 mark or above, women's gymnastics ranks third with 15 3.0 students and 12 men's soccer players qualified for Huskie Scholar status. Three teams - wrestling, volleyball and women's track and field - counted 11 3.0 students while 10 pl ayers from the softball, women's basketball and cross country teams achieved that standard. (For a complete list of NIU's 3.0 student-athletes for spring 2007, see below.)

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.

The 2007 Spring G.P.A. report comes on the heels of two other positive academic results for Northern Illinois Athletics as the Huskies fared well in the 2007 Academic Progress Rate (APR) with all 17 teams exceeding the 2007 NCAA academic standards, while 60 student-athletes earned their degrees from NIU in 2006-07.

"We're very pleased to see our students as a group exceed the 3.0 mark for the fourth straight semester," said NIU Associate Athletic Director Francine St. Clair, who directs the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services unit. "What is especially exciting is that, with the move into the Yordon Center this August, we will have an increased ability to serve the academic needs of the student-athletes going forward."

Beginning in August 2007, NIU student-athletes will have the benefits of the new Carol and Joe Novak Academic Support Center in the Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center. The 5,800-square foot area includes multiple tutoring rooms, group study rooms, a brand new, fully-equipped computer lab and better access for SAASS staff to more student-athletes on a daily basis.

Northern Illinois Spring 2007 - 3.0 List

Baseball (7)
Dan Atkenson
Matthew Behren
Joseph Buonavolanto
Brad Heinz
Pat Minogue
Scott Simon
Bobby Stevens

Men's Basketball (2)
Zach Pancratz
Ben Rand

Women's Basketball (10)
Mary Basic
Ebony Ellis
Tiffany Kline
Whitney Lowe
Tara Michels
Aileen Rossouw
Becky Smith
Jennifer Uptmor
*Shari Welton
Jessie Wilcox

Women's Cross Country (10)
Meghan Ginter
Allison Grissom
Sarah Hilby
*Elizabeth Lemrise
Jackie Olson
Stacey Rosch
Brittany Sasek
Jessica Schauff
Denisse Valladares
Brenda Zepeda

Football (33)
Eddie Adamski
Anthony Antonacci
Bryan Beckner
Brandon Bice
Paul Blalock
Jon Brost
Tyler Clasey
Jacob Coffman
Jason Cruikshank
Brandon Davis
Jon Ellison
Connor Flahive
Adam Grimm
James Jefferies
David Koronkiewicz
Michael Krause
John Kremer
Zach Larsen
*Anthony Mason
Tim Mayerbock
Ryan Morris
David Pratt
Mark Reiter
Craig Rusch
Mike Salerno
Adam Schroeder
Matt Simon
Kevin Smothers
Justin Stewart
John Tranchitella
Jacob Wertz
Shaun Wild
Spencer Williamson

Men's Golf (4)
Andrew Frame
Zach Jecklin
Tim Kay
Alex Wagner

Women's Golf (8)
Jackie Bailey
Kim Bailey
Lisa Bailey
Kim Hunley
Abbie Many
Nicole Schultz
Anne Senn
Allison Williams

Gymnastics (15)
Tiffany Anderson
Natalie Blum
Nicole Brugnoni
Meghan Cronin
Alison Holysz
Amanda Johnson
Kelly Kramer
Jessica Marston
Jennifer Naughton
Bethany Plapp
Jennifer Rice
Amy Ristvedt
Brittany Swantek
Amber Whitecotton
*Jody Yednock

Men's Soccer (12)
Steven Algozino
*Brad Bahr
Alan Bickel
Luis De La Cerda
Matthew Galanes
Chris Johnson
*Kyle Knotek
Steve Kolzow
Kevin Woerner
Curt Zastrow
Aaron Zendejas
Joe Zimka

Women's Soccer (17)
Susan Bayles
Michelle Christian
Lindsey Curnock
Micaela Damas
Erin Dunbar
Elaine Eliadis
Karen Enockson
Erin Fahey
Audrey Holmer
Thea Johnson
Megan Kolkay
Hannah Nussbaum
Marisa Oriente
Kimberly Schmitt
Jamie Sitter
Kathryn Sturges
Brandy Tarnowsky

Softball (10)
Katie Colby
Kate Greenough
Bailey Ouellette
Michelle Nendza
Kelly Park
Allison Parker
Jenna Roberts
Krystn Sendejas
Ellen Stoddard
Kate Welsh

Women's Tennis (5)
Jenny Edner
Brooke Forsberg
Chrissy Nagel
Stephanie Okuma
Nao Umemura

Men's Tennis (5)
Javier Bernabe
Jimmy Chu
Alex Friesen
Alfonso Monroy
Diego Zegarra-Ballon

Women's Track & Field (11)
Jennene Anthony
Cora Caulfield
Kristin Ewald
Brittany Houghton
Lauren Kubasiak
Brandie Lindo
Monica Martinez
Rochelle Muskeyvalley
Rachel Pinson
Jerika Rangel
*Jessica Statler

Volleyball (11)
Maria Benitez
Mandi Caputo
Gina Guide
Jody Hardwick
Irene Johnson
Monica Lang
Meagan Schoenrock
*Jessica Schultz
Amanda Tadla
Amanda Ward
Cassie Yates

Wrestling (11)
Jeff Burdorf
Vince Castillo
Dakota Greenhaw
Mike Grimes
Kalen Knull
*Will McDermott
Patrick McLemore
Aaron Owen
Michael Smith
Anthony Victor
John Weinert

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