September 11, 2000
Volume 53, No. 3
Athletes light up academic scoreboard
John Arenberg is Emory sports information director
Last semester, 29 percent of Emory student-athletes made the Dean's List, which honors students in the top 20 percent of their class, and 57 percent of them attained semester grade point averages of 3.31 or higher. This marks the 21st time in the last 22 semesters that at least 40 percent of Emory student-athletes made 3.31 GPAs or higher on their report cards.
Of Emory's 16 varsity athletic teams, all of them had cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher. The women's basketball squad led the way with a 3.58 GPA, placing seven of its 15 players on the Dean's List. Next was women's volleyball with a 3.54, followed by men's swimming and diving at 3.52 and women's soccer at 3.50.
Twenty student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA with a full academic load.
Emory is well represented in the preseason rankings for the fall sports. The women's volleyball team is ranked No. 11 in the nation among NCAA Division III schools, while women's soccer is ranked No. 18. Both cross country squads are No. 24 in their respective preseason polls.
Both Emory tennis squads were recognized as All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Emory was one of three Division III schools in the nation (out of approximately 350) to have both its teams honored and selected for the NCAA championships.
The women's team compiled a 3.45 GPA for the past academic year while the men posted a 3.32. Last spring, both teams advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective championships.
Swimming & diving
The men's and women's swimming and diving squads have been recognized as All-Academic Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Additionally, 17 individual Emory swimmers received Academic Awards.
The men's team tallied a 3.52 GPA, third highest among all NCAA men's swimming and diving programs and second among Division III men's teams. The Emory men were the only NCAA team at any level to finish among the top five in both GPA and in its respective NCAA championship. The Eagles were third at the NCAAs last spring.
The women's squad accumulated a 3.37 GPA, 12th highest in Division III, and had the highest reported average of any team to finish in the Top 10 at the NCAA championships. Emory finished seventh.
The 17 Emory swimmers honored was the highest total of any Division III school.
Emory varsity sports season recaps are available on the Web at www.emory.edu/SPORTS.