Huskie Student-Athletes Make It Eight Straight 3.0 Semesters



June 1, 2009

DeKALB, Ill. - For the eighth consecutive semester, Northern Illinois student-athletes have combined to post a cumulative grade point average above 3.0 as the 2009 spring term GPA came in at 3.025, NIU Senior Associate Athletic Director Francine St. Clair announced Monday. In all, eight of 16 Northern Illinois teams compiled a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or above while 215 student-athletes achieved that mark individually.

Northern Illinois' string of 3.0 semesters dates back to the fall of 2005 with a 3.008 GPA and the Huskies cumulative mark has ranged from 3.02 to 3.07 over the succeeding seven terms. In addition to the string of eight straight 3.0 semesters, NIU has reached the mark in 11 of the last 13 semesters dating back to Spring 2003.

NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher congratulated the student-athletes on the latest in what has become a lengthy list of positive academic achievements.

"Once again, Huskie student-athletes have risen to the challenge in the classroom to continue this amazing record of academic success," Compher said. "Congratulations go to the students, as well as to our academic support staff and coaches. Eight straight semesters with a GPA above 3.0 is an accomplishment in which all Huskie fans can take pride."

The battle for the top spot among Huskie teams in terms of both cumulative GPA and the spring semester GPA was hotly-contested again this spring. In the end, Ray Gooden's NIU volleyball team came out on top in the race for the best program cumulative grade point average with a 3.324 mark, narrowly edging the gymnastics team, which checked in at 3.320. Women's cross country was not far behind at 3.238, followed by softball (3.191), women's track and field (3.174) and women's basketball (3.152). Women's soccer (3.148) and women's golf (3.147) round out the list of teams which finished above 3.0 for the spring semester. Men's soccer owns the top cumulative grade point average among Huskie men's teams, narrowly missing the 3.0 threshold with a 2.964, while the Northern Illinois football team earned its second-highest cumulative grade point average in school history with a 2.893 mark.

For the spring semester, gymnastics and women's golf finished one-two in the GPA race with gymnastics earning the top spot by a slim .001 margin, 3.355-3.354. Women's soccer had the third-highest semester mark at 3.257, followed by volleyball (3.231) and women's cross country (3.202).

Individually, 11 NIU student-athletes finished the semester with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average: Jennene Anthony, Jenner Sio, Denisse Valladeres and Kaylee Walters (women's track & field), Kristin Hoffman and Allison McGlaughlin (volleyball), Kyle Knotek (men's soccer), Anne Wyer (women's soccer), Ryan Morris (football), Morgan Wigboldy (gymnastics) and Will McDermott (wrestling). They joined 204 of their fellow student-athletes above the 3.0 mark, including 48 members of the football team, 24 women's track and field athletes and 18 women's soccer players. Nine teams put at least 12 individuals on the 3.0 list.

"The spring semester is always challenging for our student-athletes with nearly every sport in season," St. Clair said, "but our students once again persevered and I am very proud of their efforts this year. We have firmly established the cumulative 3.0 grade point average as our standard for Northern Illinois Athletics and will continue to work very hard to keep this current streak going as we enter the 2009-10 academic year."

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

Baseball (10)
Cody Beck
Alex Beckmann
Matt Behren
Joe Buonavolanto
Kyle Glancy
Pat Minogue
Nick Morreale
Zach Oates
Wesley Shryock
Troy White

Men's Basketball (3)
Bryan Hall
Xavier Silas
Tyler Storm

Women's Basketball (8)
Mauvolyene Adams
Bianca Brown
Aileen Rossouw
Courtney Shelton
Becky Smith
Sharí Welton
Jessie Wilcox
Kylie York

Women's Cross Country (13)
Patricia Bautista
Breanna Brevitt
Heather Childs
Meghan Ginter
Alli Grissom
Nancy Maritim
Samantha McConeghey
Ashley Rittenbacher
Brittany Sasek
Jaclyn Sciacero
Caitlin Seick
Jessica Troike
*Denisse Valladares

Football (48)
Eddie Adamski
Evans Adonis
Anthony Antonacci
Bryan Beckner
Brandon Bice
Travis Bond
Adam Coleman
Montell Clanton
Tyler Clasey
Jason Cruikshank
Tommy Davis
Dan Edem
Jon Ellison
Connor Flahive
Jeff Fontana
T.J. Griffin
Adam Grimm
Chandler Harnish
Kyle Jenkins
Nick Kamenjarin
Adam Kiel
Mike Krause
John Kremer
Zach Larsen
Tim Mayerbock
*Ryan Morris
Ryan Neir
Matthew Ng
Keith Otis
Nolan Owen
Joe Pawlak
David Pratt
Sean Progar-Jackson
Brandon Rogers
Craig Rusch
Kevin Sabock
Mike Salerno
Jason Schepler
Pat Schiller
Kevin Skatrud
Alan Smith
Chris Smith
Donald Smith
Justin Stewart
Boone Thorgesen
Jody Van Laanen
Jake Wertz
Spencer Williamson

Gymnastics (16)
Tiffany Anderson
Natalie Blum
Shonda Clore
Ashley Guerra
Sarah Hurley
Amber Koteles
Ashley Major
Jessica Marston
Tamara Murskyj
Jennifer Naughton
Tanya Rachan
Emily Ruff
Jillian Tanaka
Jessica Watanabe
*Morgan Wigboldy
Brittany Zimmerman

Men's Golf (5)
Griffin Bauman
Jeff Dick
Andrew Frame
Tim Kay
Alex Wagner

Women's Golf (9)
Anna Coil
Devon Harteneck
Kim Hunley
Abbie Many
Jessica Parmenter
Kelsie Passolt
Nicci Schultz
Laura Schutte
Amanda Vavrinchik

Men's Soccer (13)
Brad Bahr
Luis De La Cerda
Alex Evert
Engebreth Faerden
Jason Guehler
Chris Johnson
Finn Jor
*Kyle Knotek
Dzianis Lysenka
Aaron Zendejas
Joe Zimka
Matt Zirretta

Women's Soccer (18)
Meaghan Bennett
Lindsey Curnock
Micaela Damas
Erin Fahey
Audrey Holmer
Danielle Janowiak
Thea Johnson
Lisa Maier
Kelly Mullany
Hannah Nussbaum
Kylie Revelle
Kim Schmitt
Christen Schuler
Jamie Sitter
Mo Smunt
Katie Sturges
Cara Stutler
*Anne Wyer

Softball (15)
Morgan Bittner
Ashley Cann
Katie Colby
Emily Gooding
Kayla Kramer
Krista Matsui
Michelle Nendza
Carly Norton
Bailey Ouellette
Alli Parker
Jenna Roberts
Krystn Sendejas
Zoe Sinner
Dani Thompson
Kate Welsh

Women's Tennis (4)
Stephanie Okuma
Emily Rogers
Martina Schnapp
Nao Umemura

Men's Tennis (6)
Javier Bernabe
Jimmy Chu
Alfonso Monroy
Pawel Poziomski
Ross VanderPloeg
Adnan Sose

Women's Track & Field (24)
*Jennene Anthony
Patricia Bautista
Breanna Brevitt
Mary Bull
Cora Caulfield
Heather Childs
Meghan Ginter
Megan Gregory
Alli Grissom
Thea Johnson
Nancy Maritim
Samantha McConeghey
Rochelle Muskeyvalley
Taneesha Plair
Ashley Rittenbacher
Brittany Sasek
Jaclyn Sciacero
Caitlin Seick
*Jenner Sio
Jessica Statler
Jessica Troike
*Denisse Valladares
*Kaylee Walters
Nicole Williams

Volleyball (12)
Maria Benitez
Gina Guide
Jody Hardwick
*Kristin Hoffman
Irene Johnson
Morgan Johnson
Monica Lang
*Allison McGlaughlin
Jessica Schultz
Meagan Schoenrock
Amanda Tadla
Cassie Yates

Wrestling (12)
David Benner
Justin Carlson
Vince Castillo
Joe Clothier
Brad Dieckhaus
Jesse Linczmaier
*Will McDermott
Pat McLemore
Bryan O'Connor
Andrew Ruettiger
Derrick Yant
Zach Taylor

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