Winthrop Athletes Excel Once Again In The Classroom During Spring Semester

Posted June 18, 2014 11:22 pm | Filed under Sports, Winthrop Athletics

ROCK HILL, SC—Winthrop student-athletes have once again achieved excellence in the classroom as the department compiled a 3.08 cumulative grade point average for the 2014 spring semester and nearly 55 percent achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher.

According to figures announced by Joanna Harris, the director of academic services for Winthrop Athletics, 154 student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA during the spring semester, and of that group, 13 finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA to earn recognition on the President’s List. Another 63 earned a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99.

With its successful spring academic showing, Winthrop is now in the running to be the Big South Conference leader for the highest percentage of student-athletes on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll list. Winthrop student-athletes have been the Big South leader in two of the past three years. The announcement on this year’s winner is expected to be made by the conference office in July. Winthrop is assured of having over 50 percent of its student-athletes achieve BSC Presidential Honor Roll status for the fifth straight year.

“We are certainly proud that our student-athletes have had another very successful semester in the classroom, showing once again that our coaches and academic support staff do a great job of recruiting and mentoring our student-athletes,” said Winthrop Athletic Director Tom Hickman. “We obviously want our teams to be successful in the arena of competition, but we are even more interested in helping them earn their bachelor’s degrees and going on to become positive contributors to society. With the pressures and time demands on today’s student-athletes, the academic achievements of the past semester are even more impressive,” he said.

A total of 10 teams that had a spring team GPA above a 3.0 and eight teams achieved a 3.0 for both the fall and spring semesters. The list includes: women’s cross country & track (fall and spring), women’s soccer (fall and spring), women’s basketball (fall and spring), men’s tennis (fall and spring), women’s tennis (fall and spring), men’s golf (fall and spring), women’s golf (fall and spring), softball (fall and spring), men’s cross country & track (spring), and lacrosse (spring).

Women’s golf compiled the highest team GPA for the spring at 3.57, while men’s tennis was second with a 3.42 GPA.