AU Student-Athletes Achieve 3.42 Department-Wide GPA, 14 4.0 GPAs in Spring Semester

AU Student-Athletes Achieve 3.42 Department-Wide GPA, 14 4.0 GPAs in Spring Semester

American University student-athletes earned a department-record 3.42 grade-point average in the spring 2012 semester.  In addition, 60 total student-athletes were named to the Dean’s List, which requires a 3.5 GPA and a total of at least 15 credits for the semester, while 14 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in the semester.

"Our student-athletes continue to excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play," remarked Director of Athletics and Recreation Keith Gill. "Achieving a cumulative grade-point average as a department of over a 3.4 is a credit to our student-athletes, coaching staffs, and our academic support staff led by Maureen Breslin and Ashley Ackerley."

In the spring semester, seven individual teams recorded a GPA of at least 3.4. This list included men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country/track and field, field hockey, lacrosse, women’s soccer, and volleyball.

Fourteen student-athletes overall earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring semester: Jaclyn Anspach (public communication, field hockey), Emily Burton (psychology, lacrosse), Jen Dumiak (biochemistry, women’s basketball), Ryan Flores (psychology, wrestling), Rob Grell (mathematics, swimming and diving), Rebecca Heath (anthropology, volleyball), Paige Lin (interdisciplinary studies, lacrosse), Greg Lush (law and society, cross country/track and field), Sam Miller (public communication, swimming and diving), Eliza Morgan (business administration, lacrosse), Allison Slattery (business administration, women’s soccer), Julia Von Heeringen (psychology, swimming and diving), Mikaila Weaver (foreign language and communication media, women’s soccer), and Mark Wysocki (public communication, men’s soccer).

In the fall semester, AU student-athletes combined for a 3.31 GPA, giving the Department a 3.37 mark for the academic year with 61 Dean’s List honorees. Four of the seven teams to earn over a 3.4 in the spring -- women’s basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and women’s soccer -- hit that mark in the fall semester as well.

Nine total student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester, including Heath, Lin, Morgan, and Slattery, each of whom also recorded a 4.0 in the spring. The other five student-athletes to register a 4.0 in the fall semester were Leah Breen (health promotion, swimming and diving), Natalie Ellenberger (health promotion, field hockey), Matt Makowski (biology, men’s soccer), Daniel Mitchell (business administration, wrestling), and Michael Roberts (physics, men’s soccer).

Additionally, four student-athletes were named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for their respective sport throughout the year. The winners were Alexis Dobbs (women’s basketball), Heath (volleyball), Makowski (men’s soccer), and Jenna Stasiewicz (women’s soccer).

For the year, 158 student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, which requires a 3.2 GPA during a team’s championship semester. Four teams -- men’s basketball, women’s basketball, field hockey, and women’s soccer -- earned the most selections of any Patriot League school in their respective sports.

Click on the following links for the releases and full listings of each team’s Patriot League Academic Honor Roll picks from the 2011-12 academic year:

- Men’s basketball - 10 selections (most in Patriot League)
- Women’s basketball - 10 selections (most in Patriot League)
- Field hockey - 14 selections (most in the Patriot League)
- Women's soccer - 22 selections (most in Patriot League)
- Men’s soccer - 14 selections (second-most in Patriot League)
- Lacrosse - 18 selections (third-most in Patriot League)
- Volleyball - 8 selections (third-most in Patriot League)
- Cross country/track and field - 39 total selections
- Swimming and diving - 22 total selections