Feb 13, 2014 5:26 PM by UL Sports Information
AFAYETTE, La. -- Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns student-athletes combined to register a school-record 2.970 GPA during the recently completed fall semester.
The 372 Louisiana student-athletes combined to post a 2.970 GPA during the fall with 212 student-athletes, or 57-percent, earning a 3.0 or better and 30 posting a perfect 4.0. It was the third straight semester above a 2.90 GPA, breaking the previous high semester of 2.964, which was set in the Fall of 2012.
The numbers were compiled by the Student-Athlete Academic Center, which coordinates the academic progress of all Cajun student-athletes.
In addition, 22 student-athletes completed their degree requirement during the term and graduated during the December commencement.
"When you take into consideration the time and effort that our student-athletes put into competing at the highest of levels intercollegiately, their accomplishments in the classroom are astounding," Louisiana Director of Athletics Scott Farmer said.
"The academic performance during the fall shows that not only can our student-athletes commit 20 hours a week to being the best possible athlete that they can be, but they are equally as dedicated to succeeding in the classroom.
"I am very proud of the performance of our student-athletes because they truly bring to life the academic mission of this University. It is through their hard work, along with the support and encouragement that they receive from the staff of the Student-Athlete Academic Center, our coaches, athletic staff and members of the University community, that they are able to accomplish great things academically."
By comparison, the 2.970 GPA surpasses the average for the general student body (2.786) and the all Greek average (2.707).
Women's track and cross country led all sports with seven student-athletes receiving a 4.00 GPA during the fall, Anna Devitt, Amanda Gale, Emily Gale, Alexandra Harrell, Clair Hodges, Courtney Musgrove and Addie Shafer.
Football was second with six 4.0 student athletes, Nick Barnfield, Billy Christian, Jacob Beasley, Ross Duhon, Evyn Perry and Christian Voelkel while baseball (Greg Davis, Seth Harrison, Ryan Leonards & Nicholas Zaunbrecher), soccer (Eleanor Cook, Ashley Gussoni, Christina Sanchez & Bailey Scott) and softball (Sarah Arceneaux, Haley Hayden, Marie Hoag & Randi Provost) having four 4.0 student-athletes each.
Rounding out the 4.0 student-athletes are the men's track duo of Landon Carroll and Westmoreland Gonzales, Kristen Armstrong and Paige Thumann from volleyball and Yates Johnson (men's tennis) and Leondre Queen (manager).
Volleyball led all sports with a 3.421 GPA during the term with 16 of its 18 student-athletes owning at least a 3.0 GPA.
Ten of the 16 sports owned a 3.0 GPA or better, including women's cross country (3.383), men's tennis (3.380), women's tennis (3.358), softball (3.321), baseball (3.279), soccer (3.257), men's cross country (3.179), golf (3.164) and women's track (3.059).
Women's cross country registered its highest semester ever while men's basketball, which set a record with a 2.904 GPA last spring, posted a 2.854 during the fall for its second-highest semester.
The fall semester marked the fourth straight term in which better than half of the Louisiana student-athletes recorded a 3.0 or better with a record 212 achieving the milestone.
The football team continued to perform well in the classroom, leading all sports with 45 student-athletes with a 3.0. Baseball was second with 27 3.0 student-athletes followed by soccer (24), women's track (24), men's track (20) and softball (19).
Volleyball led all sports with 88-percent of its student-athletes (16-18) posting a 3.0 with golf (9 of 11, 81.8%), men's tennis (9 of 11, 81.8%), soccer (24 of 30, 80.0%) and women's cross country (8-10, 80.0%) rounding out the teams with at least 80-percent of its student-athletes earning a 3.0.