May 24, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With the institution's final degree certification process now complete, the University of Tennessee announced that 48 student-athletes have fulfilled graduation requirements.
The university also announced academic performance highlights for Spring 2013. The average grade-point average (GPA) for all UT student-athletes was 3.05, including 21 student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 3.05 cumulative GPA is the highest for UT's student-athletes since 2003, the earliest year for which sport-by-sport GPA data is available. A record 115 student-athletes were named to their respective Dean's List.
Ten programs recorded a team GPA of 3.0 or higher (men's golf, rowing, soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's track & field and volleyball). A total of 255 student-athletes (58 percent) posted a 3.0 GPA or higher. The football team led all programs with 46 student-athletes posting 3.0 GPAs, and the rowing program had 43 student-athletes with a 3.0 or higher GPA as well.
Four programs (men's basketball, football, rowing and women's swimming & diving) posted their highest team GPA since records started being recorded in 2003. The volleyball team posted the highest GPA with a 3.58 followed by women's tennis (3.54), men's golf (3.37), rowing (3.37), women's swimming & diving (3.30), women's track & field (3.20), men's swimming & diving (3.17), and soccer (3.13), and softball (3.07).
"We continue to bring a clear focus on our number one priority for all our student-athletes, which is to earn a degree," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "We have made significant progress during the past year regarding enhancing all components of our academic expectations, and the academic performance of our student-athletes this spring is another strong indicator that those standards are being met."
Individual accolades include: Kelsey Floyd (Swimming & Diving) was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Brent Sterling (Swimming & Diving) received an Elite 89 Award for the second straight year Herman Lathers (Football) received a Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Community Service (one of four overall citations issued) 19 student- athletes received Chancellor's Citations for Outstanding Scholarship - Rob Murphy and Taber Spani (Basketball) - Sara Monberg, Erica Popson, and Darren Renwick (Golf) - Erika Johnson and Andrea Keesecker (Rowing) - Raven Chavanne, Whitney Hammond, and Melissa Brown (Softball) - Kelsey Floyd, Jordan Mauney, Brent Sterling and Brooke Watson (Swimming & Diving) - Kata Szekely (Women's Tennis) - Elizabeth Altizer, Ally Colvin, and Kia Jackson (Women's Track & Field) - Jasmine Brown (Volleyball) Seven former student-athletes earned post- graduate degrees during the spring semester Brent Sterling (Swimming & Diving) and Jasmine Brown (Volleyball) were named finalists for the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award Herman Lathers (Football) and Taber Spani (Basketball) were named finalists for the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Award Two student-athletes were invited to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum: Brent Brewer (Football) and Courtney Fritts (Rowing)
Women's Basketball Alicia Manning, Kinesiology (Master's)
Men's Golf Jay Vandeventer, Recreation/Sport Management
Women's Golf Sarah Monberg, Economics Erica Popson, Sport Management
Rowing Arin Anderson, Kinesiology Mary-Hannah Daugherty, Sociology Erika Johnson, Biological Sciences Andrea Keesecker, Anthropology Karoline Mikolajewski, Music Laura Miller, Kinesiology (Master's) Evelyn Radford, Communication Studies
Women's Tennis Kata Szekely, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism
Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Kia Jackson, Child & Family Studies Brittany Jones, Social Work (Master's) Kelsey Kane, Journalism & Electronic Media Martinique Octave, Sociology Brittany Sheffey, Agricultural Leadership (Master's) Kirstyn Sweeney, Psychology
The following is GPA information for the University of Tennessee teams: GPA Summary Team - Spring 2013 / 3.0 or Greater Baseball - 2.89 / 15 Basketball, Men - 2.63 / 5 Basketball, Women - 2.80 / 5 Football - 2.80 / 46 Golf, Men - 3.37 / 8 Golf, Women - 2.84 / 2 Rowing - 3.37 / 43 Soccer - 3.13 / 16 Softball - 3.07 / 11 Swimming & Diving, Men - 3.17 / 21 Swimming & Diving, Women - 3.30 / 20 Tennis, Men - 3.08 / 6 Tennis, Women - 3.54 / 8 Track & Field, Men - 2.83 / 15 Track & Field, Women - 3.20 / 22 Volleyball - 3.58 / 11