Seven Straight 3.0 Semesters for Huskie Student-Athletes

GO HUSKIES The women's cross country team led all Huskie teams with a 3.448 GPA for the Fall 2008 term.
GO HUSKIES
The women's cross country team led all Huskie teams with a 3.448 GPA for the Fall 2008 term.
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 8, 2009

DeKalb, Ill. - Northern Illinois student-athletes combined to raise their cumulative grade point average to a school-record 3.076 this fall while posting their seventh straight semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eleven of 16 Huskie sports programs scored a team GPA of at least 3.0 and individually, 233 Northern Illinois student-athletes own a career 3.0 mark in the classroom.

In addition to seven consecutive semesters at the 3.0 level, Northern Illinois student-athletes have achieved the mark in nine of the last 10 terms dating back to the Spring of 2004. The Huskies' 3.076 cumulative GPA bettered the previous record of 3.074, set in Fall 2006.

"Northern Illinois student-athletes continue to raise the bar when it comes to their academic achievements," said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher. "Congratulations not only to the student-athletes, but also to our coaches who make academics a priority on a daily basis. Finally, this achievement would not have been possible without the efforts of Senior Associate Athletic Director Francine St. Clair and her staff in the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services office. They are a dedicated group of professionals who do not get enough recognition for these accomplishments."

Leading the way among Huskie teams during the fall was the NIU women's cross country squad, which posted a 3.448 grade point average for the term and ranks second in cumulative GPA with a 3.321 mark. The Northern Illinois volleyball team is first in cumulative grade point average for the second time in the last three semesters with a 3.338 score, establishing their best mark in school history. Mark Sontag's women's gymnastics team ranked second among NIU programs for the fall semester at 3.369 and owns the third-highest cumulative team GPA (3.310).

The Huskie women's softball and women's track and field squads also achieved their highest cumulative GPAs this fall as softball is at 3.288 and track and field boasts a 3.208 score. Other Northern Illinois teams over the 3.0 mark following the fall are women's basketball (3.15), men's tennis (3.158), women's soccer (3.125), women's golf (3.103), men's soccer (3.074) and women's tennis (3.026). Men's tennis led the way in cumulative GPA among NIU men's teams with a 3.158 while men's soccer, the 2008 MAC runner-up on the field, had the highest term GPA for men's teams at 3.074. Three more NIU teams, including football (2.875) and wrestling (2.878) have a cumulative GPA above 2.8, giving the Huskies 14 teams at that level or better.

"I am really proud of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches and of course the SAASS staff," St. Clair said. "It takes a lot of hard work and dedication by a large group of people to achieve these results semester after semester. We have great support from the university administration as well as the entire athletic department."

Individually, 15 Northern Illinois student-athletes currently own a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average, led by second team men's soccer Academic All-American Kyle Knotek. Thirty-nine Huskies achieved a 4.0 for the fall semester.

Currently, 53 Huskie football players own a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher while 28 members of the women's track and field team have at least a 3.0 GPA. Men's soccer and gymnastics each have 17 3.0 student-athletes; softball and women's soccer check in with 16 individuals with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or above.

A complete list of NIU's current 3.0 student-athletes follows. Individuals with a perfect 4.0 GPA are indicated with an asterisk (*).

VOLLEYBALL (14)
Maria Benitez
Dani D'Ambrose
Gina Guide
Jody Hardwick
Kristin Hoffman *
Maddie Hughes
Irene Johnson
Morgan Johnson
Monica Lang
Allison McGlaughlin *
Meagan Schoenrock
Jessica Schultz
Amanda Tadla
Cassie Yates

WOMEN'S SOCCER (16)
Meaghan Bennett
Lindsey Curnock
Micaela Damas
Erin Fahey
Audrey Holmer
Danielle Janowiak
Thea Johnson
Hannah Nussbaum
Kylie Revelle
Kim Schmitt
Christen Schuler
Jamie Sitter
Mo Smunt
Katie Sturges
Cara Stutler
Anne Wyer *

FOOTBALL (53)
Eddie Adamski
Evans Adonis *
Anthony Antonacci
Bryan Beckner
Brandon Bice
Travis Bond
Jon Brost
Montell Clanton *
Tyler Clasey
Adam Coleman
Jason Cruikshank
Britt Davis
Tommy Davis
Dan Edem
Jon Ellison
Connor Flahive
Jeff Fontana
Adam Grimm
Chandler Harnish
Nick Kamenjarin
Adam Kiel
Mike Krause
John Kremer
Connor Krisch
Alex Krutsch
Zach Larsen
Mike Lepper
Tim Mayerbock
Pat McAvoy
Tim McCarthy
Ryan Morris
Ryan Neir *
Matthew Ng
Keith Otis
Nolan Owen
Joe Pawlak
David Pratt
Sean Progar-Jackson
Gerry Rigo
Brandon Rogers
Craig Rusch
Kevin Sabock
Mike Salerno
Jason Schepler
Pat Schiller
Matt Simon
Alan Smith
Justin Stewart
Boone Thorgesen
Jody Van Laanen
Scott Wedige
Jake Wertz
Spencer Williamson

MEN'S SOCCER (17)
Steven Algozino
Eduardo Asuaje
Jeff Atkins
Brad Bahr
Luis De La Cerda
Alex Evert
Engebreth Faerden
Chris Johnson
Finn Jor
Jake Kenny *
Kyle Knotek *
Matt Lampson
Chris Rufa
Yeboah
Aaron Zendejas
Joe Zimka
Matt Zirretta

TRACK & FIELD (28)
Jennene Anthony
Patricia Bautista
Breanna Brevitt
Mary Bull *
Cora Caulfield
Heather Childs
Elizabeth Danley
Crystal Edwards
Roneisha Frye
Meghan Ginter
Megan Gregory
Alli Grissom
Thea Johnson
Chanel Kellyman
Brandie Lindo
Nancy Maritim
Samantha McConeghey
Rochelle Muskeyvalley
Ashley Rittenbacher
Brittany Sasek
Amanda Schwab
Jaclyn Sciacero
Jenner Sio *
Jessica Statler
Jessica Troike
Denisse Valladares
Kaylee Walters *
Nicole Williams

SOFTBALL (16)
Morgan Bittner *
Ashley Cann
Katie Colby
Emily Gooding
Kayla Kramer
Joreigh Landers
Krista Matsui
Michelle Nendza
Carly Norton
Bailey Ouellette
Allison Parker
Dani Parrish
Jenna Roberts
Krystn Sendejas
Danielle Thompson
Kate Welsh

GYMNASTICS (17)
Tiffany Anderson
Natalie Blum
Shonda Clore
Ashley Guerra
Sarah Hurley
Amber Koteles
Ashley Major
Jessica Marston
Tamara Murskyj
Jennifer Naughton
Tanya Rachan
Holly Reichard
Emily Ruff
Jillian Tanaka
Jessica Watanabe
Morgan Wigboldy *
Brittany Zimmermann

BASEBALL (11)
Cody Beck
Alex Beckmann
Matt Behren
Joe Buonavolanto
Kyle Glancy
Jake Hermsen
Alex Jones
Pat Minogue
Nick Morreale
Zach Oates
Troy White *

WRESTLING (13)
Justin Carlson
Vince Castillo
Joe Clothier
Brad Dieckhaus
Will McDermott
Pat McLemore
Bryan O'Connor
Chris Smith
Zach Taylor
Mason True
Anthony Victor
Derrick Yant
Steve Zimmerman

MEN'S GOLF (4)
Jeff Dick
Andrew Frame
Tim Kay
Alex Wagner

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (9)
Mauvolyene Adams
Bianca Brown
Sarah Rogers
Aileen Rossouw
Courtney Shelton
Becky Smith
Sharí Welton
Jessie Wilcox
Kylie York

CROSS COUNTRY (12)
Patricia Bautista
Breanna Brevitt
Heather Childs
Meghan Ginter
Alli Grissom
Nancy Maritim
Samantha McConeghey
Ashley Rittenbacher
Brittany Sasek
Jaclyn Sciacero
Jessica Troike
Denisse Valladares

WOMEN'S GOLF (9)
Anna Coil
Devon Harteneck
Kim Hunley
Abbie Many
Jessica Parmenter
Kelsie Passolt
Nicci Schultz
Laura Schutte
Amanda Vavrinchik

MEN'S TENNIS (5)
Javier Bernabe
Jimmy Chu
Matthew Hansen
Alfonso Monroy
Ross Vander Ploeg

WOMEN'S TENNIS (4)
Brooke Forsberg
Stephanie Okuma
Martina Schnapp
Nao Umemura

MEN'S BASKETBALL (5)
Mike DiNunno
Bryan Hall
Justin Peaster
Xavier Silas
Tyler Storm

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