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SFU Athletics continues streak of academic excellence

May 17, 2020 Tags: Academics , Athletics , Distinctions , University News

The student-athletes at Saint Francis University continue a winning streak of academic excellence.  With the grades in the books for Spring 2020, the SFU athletics department recorded the 43rd consecutive semester with an overall GPA at or above 3.0.  In fact, the students overall GPA of 3.457 is  the highest in history, surpassing the 2018 spring semester (3.409).

Fourteen teams recorded a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. All 25 squads finished the spring with a 3.0 or higher GPA for the first time. The women's tennis team achieved the highest team GPA in athletic department history.

" Sarah Ross and I are incredibly proud of the amazing work our student-athletes did this semester as it was a record-breaking semester to say the least," Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete and Leadership Development  John Krimmel said. "Our student-athletes took a challenging situation and made the most of it. The success of our student-athletes would not have been possible without the outstanding faculty, staff and administration at Saint Francis."

He continued: "The Saint Francis faculty are the best in the country and are always there for our students and for that we are forever grateful. The academic support staff in the Center for Academic Success under the direction of Dr. Renee Bernard (Associate Dean of Instruction) continued to provide great support to our students as they always do. I cannot thank Renee, April Fry, Sarah Dumm, Jeremy Hudkins, and Terri Kirby enough for all that they do for the university and our students."
Four hundred and six student-athletes (82% percent of total) achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher; 269 (54%) recorded a 3.5 GPA or higher; and 69 produced a perfect 4.0.

Teams that achieved their highest team GPA ever during the 2020 spring semester included men's basketball (3.148 GPA), women's basketball (3.504), football (3.05), men's golf (3.559), women's lacrosse (3.64), men's soccer (3.487), women's soccer (3.697), men's tennis (3.838), women's tennis (3.901), men's indoor and outdoor track and field (3.434) and women's volleyball (3.78).

"I also want to thank our coaches for the work they did with our student-athletes during these uncertain and challenging times," Krimmel said. "Our coaches were nothing short of incredible and a huge support to our office. Our student-athletes continue to embody what it means to be a STUDENT-athlete and always demonstrate what it means to Become That Someone. Many records were broken this semester and we continue to be amazed by the work our student-athletes do in the classroom, in the community, and in competition."

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