Upstate Athletics Posts Highest Semester GPA Ever
Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate’s student-athletes typically turn in strong performances in the classroom, but the Spartans reached new heights during the fall semester, posting the department’s highest semester Grade Point Average ever in the history of the program with a 3.103 average GPA.
"We couldn't be more pleased with our student-athletes' exceptional academic performance this past fall,” said Louise Ericson, Senior Woman Administrator and Associate Athletic Director for Academics. “These record-breaking numbers are not only evidence of our student-athletes' efforts in the classroom, but also the strong commitment to student success by our department and university. Special thanks go to our Upstate faculty who work diligently with our student-athletes in their academic endeavors."
In all, 11 of Upstate’s 15 athletic programs earned at least a 3.0 GPA, while no team posted a GPA below 2.7. In addition, 18 student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 GPA, the second highest figure in program history behind the 21 in the fall semester of 2010.
Upstate had 245 student-athletes enrolled in the fall semester. The department had a record 64 percent, or 158, of its student-athletes post a GPA of 3.0 or higher, smashing the old record of 56 percent in the spring semester of 2009. The 3.103 average GPA topped the old record of 3.006 set during the spring semester of 2010.
“The university, after acquiring active NCAA Division I status this academic year, is now eligible for monies from the NCAA Academic Enhancement Fund. These funds are provided to institutions by the NCAA to support the academic needs of student-athletes, and Upstate was able to hire a full-time athletic academic advisor this year with those monies. This has greatly increased hands-on academic support for student-athletes, especially for those who may be at-risk academically,” commented Ericson.
The combined average GPA for female student-athletes topped the male student-athlete GPA. The female GPA was a 3.283, while the male GPA was 2.940. Both the female and male GPAs were the highest in program history. The female GPA topped the 3.238 turned in during the fall semester of 2009, while the male GPA eclipsed the 2.924 in the spring semester of 2009.
The women’s tennis team topped the department with a 3.559 GPA. Volleyball was second with a 3.547 and was followed by softball (3.405), women’s soccer (3.308), women’s golf (3.306) and women’s cross country (3.242).
The men’s tennis team turned in the highest male GPA and ranked seventh overall with a 3.147 GPA. It was followed by men’s golf (3.088), women’s track & field (3.051), men’s soccer (3.040), baseball (3.011), women’s basketball (3.943), men’s cross country (2.862), men’s basketball (2.786) and men’s track & field (2.737).
Student-Athletes with Perfect 4.0
Hannah Al-Sakati (women’s tennis), Matt Begley (men’s soccer), Julie Bell (women’s tennis), Rachel Collins (women’s soccer), Lacey Dinney (softball), Brett Duckett (baseball), Kristi Goodman (women’s golf), Felipe Grana (men’s soccer), Yvon Haessig (men’s tennis), Marche Llanos (softball), Kara Lohr (softball), Lauren Pendergrass (volleyball), Kelsie Queen (volleyball), Erik Samples (baseball), Katrina Savoy (women’s soccer), Katrina Spinner-Wilson (women’s soccer), Isabel Von Stryk (women’s tennis) and Jan Wienholt (men’s soccer).