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BU student-athletes continue long string of academic achievement

Spring semester yields record-tying 3.17 GPA, three Academic All-Americans

June 14, 2011


BU student-athletes continue long string of academic achievement

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton University’s 21 varsity teams and 424 student-athletes continued their academic prowess with a record-tying 3.17 grade-point average for the 2011 spring semester. In addition to reaching the 3.0 plateau for the 11th consecutive semester, BU’s student-athletes posted their highest semester mark in nine and a half years, equaling the 3.17 GPA set in the Fall 2001.

Fourteen teams eclipsed a 3.0 GPA for the semester, led by the America East champion men’s tennis team, which boasted a 3.62 GPA. Head coach Adam Cohen’s squad captured its second straight department Academic Cup, presented each semester to the program with the highest GPA.

Thirty-eight percent of BU’s athletes achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and a staggering 67 percent (286 student-athletes) were above a 3.0. Eleven individuals from eight different teams recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring.

“I would like to commend our staff, teacher-coaches and most importantly our student-athletes for the unprecedented academic success our department achieved during the 2010-11 academic year,” said Jim Norris, director of athletics. “In addition to the record-tying 3.17 GPA, we had three student-athletes recognized as Academic All-Americans (lacrosse player Derrick Danieu, wrestler Ryan McGarity and tennis player Sven Vloedgraven), which is the most in our department’s Division I history. As always, our student-athletes continue ‘making an impact’ as they represent Binghamton University in stellar fashion academically, athletically and in service to others.”

Binghamton student-athletes have posted an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in 17 of 20 semesters since the school elevated to Division I athletics in Fall 2001.

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