College Sports

Winthrop teams post GPA above 3.0 for fifth straight semester

Winthrop student-athletes had another stellar performance in the classroom during the 2007-08 academic year, as the average grade point average for all 17 sports teams was 3.02 for the spring semester. The grade report was announced by athletics director Tom Hickman during last week's Board of Trustee meetings.

Winthrop's nine female teams compiled an average GPA of 3.12 for the spring semester to go along with a 3.07 in the fall term. The eight male teams had semester averages of 2.94 in the spring and 2.90 in the fall. The cumulative GPA for Winthrop athletics through the spring semester stands at 3.01, marking the fifth straight semester the cumulative average has remained above 3.0.

The academic report card came on the heels of Winthrop's third-place finish in the 2007-08 George F. "Buddy" Sasser Commissioner's Cup standings, which signifies overall athletic program success among Big South Conference schools. Winthrop has finished third or higher in eight consecutive years of commissioner's cup competition.

"We are very happy that our student-athletes continue to perform well in the classroom," Hickman said in a statement. "Much of the credit goes to the students themselves who realize the importance of a good education and the opportunities they have here at Winthrop to achieve that goal. Credit also is goes to the coaching staff, along with the academic support staff that we have in place within the athletic department."

A total of 10 teams achieved a GPA of 3.0 or above for one or both semesters with the women's soccer squad compiling the highest average at 3.52 for the spring semester. The men's tennis team topped the men's programs with a 3.11 GPA during the spring.

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