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Spider Athletes Honored For Academic Success
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 02/16/2015
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The Richmond athletics department and deans of the different undergraduate schools at UR honored Richmond student-athletes at the Scholar-Athlete Breakfast last week at the Jepson Alumni Center.

The 58 student-athletes invited to attend the banquet are all on pace to graduate on time and with honors. Those student-athletes who could attend invited one professor to join them, and the head coaches of the athletic programs also joined at the tables for breakfast and fellowship. Athletics Director Keith Gill and University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jacquelyn Fetrow, were the main presenters for the event.

230 Richmond student-athletes achieved a cumulative or term grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher after the fall semester of 2014. Over 63 percent of UR student-athletes have a 3.0 GPA or better and 13 of the 17 teams have GPAs over 3.0 as a unit.

Individually, student-athletes were selected in concert with the department of athletics and the individual dean’s offices of the undergraduate schools at UR to receive a special honor.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was bestowed to women’s tennis student-athlete Emily Gitman.

The School of Arts and Science Award was given to Helen Warner, while the Robins School of Business Award was earned by women’s soccer senior Drika Bianchin and senior cross country student-athlete Matthew Groff was honored with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Award.

At halftime of the February 11 home men's basketball game against Fordham, the athletics teams were recognized for their academic successes.

The women’s basketball team currently ranks second in the conference with an NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 991 out of 1000. 

The Spiders' men’s basketball team currently ranks within the top 10 percent of all Division I teams for its APR score of 995, which also is the highest in the A-10 Conference.

The football team achieved its highest fall GPA on record, breaking last year’s record. This team also currently ranks first in the conference in GSR with an outstanding 87%. 

The women’s soccer team has remarkably maintained a team GPA over 3.0 for 25 of past 26 semesters, achieving its highest fall team GPA this past year.  As nearly 80 percent of the team has a 3.0 GPA or better, they were also honored by the NCAA for its APR score, ranking among the top 10 percent of all programs, while maintaining a perfect GSR score.

The baseball team has been recognized by the NCAA in the past for its APR score and has now set team GPA records for the past 3 straight semesters, recording its highest team GPA ever this past fall. 

Field hockey still ranks first in the nation, out of 78 schools, for its APR score, a perfect 1000.  This team also posted a record GPA for fall term with over 90 percent of the team with a 3.0 or better GPA.

The men’s golf team has maintained one of the department’s highest team GPA’s overall since 2008, finishing the last 12 of 13 semesters with a team GPA well over 3.00 and established the highest GPA on record for a male sport last fall. The team was just recognized by the NCAA for its APR core and the team has a perfect GSR score of 100 percent.

The women’s golf team has a record consecutive streak of 19-straight semesters, over nine years, with a team GPA over 3.00.  The team also has a perfect GSR score of 100 percent.

The women’s lacrosse team established its highest GPA on record last fall as nearly 90 percent of the players had a GPA of 3.00 or better. The team also has a perfect GSR score of 100 percent.

Only in its third semester as a varsity sport, the men’s lacrosse team has over 70 percent of its players achieving a GPA over 3.00 this past fall as the team has hit the 3.00 GPA mark in two of its first three semesters.   

The women’s tennis team has had the department’s highest team GPA for the past five semesters, with an average of 3.60.  With every team member earning a GPA of 3.0 or better, the team also has achieved a perfect GSR score of 100 percent.

The men’s tennis team has achieved a perfect GSR for the past nine years, the best in the department.

The women’s swimming and diving team has set GPA program records in six of their last nine semesters. Nearly 90 percent of the team achieved a term GPA over 3.0 this past fall and it has an APR score of 996.

The cheerleading team has nearly 90 percent of the team with a 3.0 GPA or better for either the fall term or cumulative GPA, with half carrying a fall term GPA of 3.5 GPA or higher.

The men’s cross country squad has 17 consecutive semesters with a team GPA over 3.0 while 90 percent of the team members have a GPA of 3.0 or better. For the past three semesters, the team has had the highest male team GPA within the department.

The women’s cross country and track team have achieved a 3.0 GPA for 27 of the past 29 semesters. The women’s indoor and outdoor track programs were both recognized by the NCAA for APR scores near the top in the nation.  Over 80 percent of the team has a GPA of 3.0 or better for the fall term.

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