Strong Start for Kansas Athletics Extends to Classroom
LAWRENCE, Kan. – In a semester that saw Kansas student-athletes notch another NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, team tournament victories and upset victories over storied programs, Jayhawks also achieved well in the classroom with an all-sports combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.95.
The all-sports GPA tops last fall’s combined mark by one thousandth of a point and moved all Kansas student-athletes closer to a 3.0 average. A total of 10 teams achieved better than a 3.0, including fall semester leader women’s golf, which posted a department-record 3.52 while also posting two team tournament victories, a pair of runner-up finishes and a top-five placing in all four fall events.
“I was already so proud of the girls for the work they put in and the way they played during our tournaments in the fall – this really completes the semester that we had and is what you set out to accomplish as a college coach,” Kansas women’s golf coach Erin O’Neil said. “Both performances are indicative of the effort our team put forth and a testament to the academic support staff we have at the University of Kansas.”
The volleyball team, which advanced to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and a 25-8 record, logged a 3.37 GPA for the second-best mark among Kansas teams during the fall semester.
Women’s cross country (3.33), women’s tennis (3.31), swimming and diving (3.20), rowing (3.14), soccer (3.13), men’s golf (3.12), women’s track and field (3.11), and men’s cross country (3.08) joined women’s golf and volleyball above 3.0.
Twenty-six student-athletes achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs for the semester and 182 others placed between 3.0 and 3.99, for 208 total student-athletes on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
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