UCCS Records 17th Straight Semester with 3.00 Student-Athlete GPA

By Jared Verner published February 7, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - One of the most successful athletic semesters in the history of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs also came with success in the classroom as Mountain Lion student-athletes recorded a 17th consecutive semester with a grade point average above 3.0. Fourteen student-athletes earned the President's List with a semester GPA of 4.0 and 23 earned a spot on the Dean's List with a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99.

The Mountain Lions earned an average semester grade of 3.27 in fall 2012. The achievement comes during the same semester when UCCS earned a top 25 ranking in the NCSA Athletic Recruiting Collegiate Power Rankings for Division II institutions. UCCS was also one of 24 Division II schools to earn the President's Award for Academic Excellence from the NCAA.

Each program maintained a team GPA greater than 3.00 during a season that ranked among the most successful in UCCS history. The men's cross country team matched its best finish at the national championships with a No. 11 place performance, while the women's cross country team finished at No. 10 at the national meet. The men's soccer team advanced to the RMAC semifinals since 2001 and won its first playoff game since 1998, while the women's soccer team tied for third in the conference standings and hosted a conference tournament game for the first time in the five-year history of the program.

The Mountain Lion volleyball team qualified for the RMAC tournament posted the longest home winning streak since 1993. Men's golf finished the fall season in No. 43 in the GolfStat national rankings and was receiving votes in the latest Golf Coaches Association of America national poll.

The season also marked the fourth Academic All-American in UCCS history, with Mash Shaswar's selection to the third team for Division II men's soccer. The Mountain Lions also placed four student-athletes on RMAC All-Academic First Teams, five on the second teams and 13 on the honor rolls. Nine student-athletes or student assistant coaches also received degrees during the winter commencement in December.

UCCS Student-Athletes on President's List (4.00 GPA)

Student-Athlete Sport
William Edwards Men's Cross Country
Zach Tripp Men's Golf
Austin Bell Men's Soccer
Gabe Causse Men's Soccer
Alan Ford Men's Track & Field
Ryder Tam Men's Track & Field
Nathan Weeks Men's Track & Field
Gabby Ramirez Women's Basketball
Melanie Diep Women's Cross Country
Alyssa Wendt Women's Cross Country
Agnes Arnadottir Women's Soccer
Jessie Greulich Women's Soccer
Hannah Levett Women's Soccer
Alex Colvin Women's Track & Field

UCCS Student-Athletes on Dean's List (3.75-3.99 GPA)

Student-Athlete Sport
Kyle Clark Men's Basketball
David Olson Men's Cross Country
Rob Scrivner Men's Cross Country
Spencer Biersdorff Men's Golf
Michael Tilghman Men's Golf
Justin Miller Men's Soccer
James Roberts Men's Soccer
Justin Shalongo Men's Soccer
Jonathan Wright Men's Track & Field
Taylor Garcia Women's Basketball
Hannah Knight Women's Basketball
Lauren Wolfinger Women's Basketball
Megan Burrell Women's Cross Country
Sara Kettelkamp Women's Cross Country
Jessica Belsterling Softball
Becca Smith Softball
Marissa Wallace Softball
Jenna Lubieniecki Women's Soccer
Annick Pearson Women's Soccer
Hannah Rather Women's Soccer
Hope Whitman Women's Soccer
Kim Catlett Volleyball
Nikki Kinzer Volleyball

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jenna LubienieckiJenna Lubieniecki26MSr
Jenna LubienieckiJenna Lubieniecki26MFr
Jenna LubienieckiJenna Lubieniecki26MSo
Jenna LubienieckiJenna Lubieniecki26MJr
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance Sr
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance Fr
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance So
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampSr.
Sara Kettelkamp Sara Kettelkamp Mid-Distance Jr
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampSo
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampFr
Sara KettelkampSara KettelkampJr
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsSr
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsSo
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsFr
Alan Ford Alan Ford SprintsJr
Michael TilghmanMichael TilghmanFr
Michael TilghmanMichael TilghmanSr
Michael TilghmanMichael TilghmanSo
Michael TilghmanMichael TilghmanJr
Gabe CausseGabe Causse9DSr.
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFSr
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFSo.
Marissa WallaceMarissa Wallace10IFJr.
Kyle ClarkKyle Clark33CJr
Kyle ClarkKyle Clark33CJr.
Hannah RatherHannah Rather7FSo
Annick PearsonAnnick Pearson3DR-Fr
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