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TWU athletes shine in class

TWU student-athletes posted a grade-point average of 3.487 for the fall semester, breaking the athletic department’s record of 3.409 set in the fall of 2008.

TWU athletes have posted combined GPAs of 3.00 or higher for 61 consecutive semesters, a streak that has eclipsed three decades.

For the third straight semester, all five TWU teams posted GPAs better than 3.10. Both semesters in 2012 saw all teams with GPAs greater than 3.20.

The two teams whose seasons are in the fall were the top two teams academically. The volleyball team, which was 23-8 with a school-record 15 conference victories, led the way with a 3.61 team GPA. The soccer team, which made the Lone Star Conference tournament, posted its best GPA with a 3.566. 

Gymnastics was third in the department with a GPA of 3.518. The softball team recorded a 3.495, and the basketball team’s 3.247 was its highest GPA since a 3.226 in the spring of 2009.

“Our student-athletes continue to reach new highs, and I am so incredibly proud of their exceptional accomplishments in the classroom,” athletic director Chalese Connors said. “These outstanding grades are a direct result of hard work and commitment by our student-athletes, the coaches who recruited them and the faculty and staff who challenge them to be the best they can be.”

The Pioneers also tied the school record with 21 perfect 4.0 GPAs, a bar that was first set in the spring of 2005. Of the 91 student-athletes on fall rosters, 23 percent earned straight A’s.

Athletes posting 4.0 GPAs were: soccer players Catherine MacGregor, Ryleigh Spivey, Kailey Tue, Ashley Van Bakel, Haleigh Wanzer and Grace Williams; gymnasts Courtney Cochefski, Victoria Cochefski, Ashleigh Gillis, Madison Kremer, Margaret Mayfield and Paisley Read; softball players Lizzy Kelly, Brandie Lander, Jordan Readicker, Kendra Sancet and Bailey Vrazel; and volleyball’s Erica Humbach, Leslye Richmond, Hayley Summers and Torie Talkington.