UT Graduates 48 Student-Athletes

May 24, 2013

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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)

The following is a list of Spring 2013 student-athlete graduates:
Zach Luther, Sociology
Wes Walker, American Studies
Andy Yates, Biological Sciences

Men's Basketball
Dwight Miller, Psychology
Rob Murphy, Logistics

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

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

Kylie Bono, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism
Anna Fisher, Social Work (Master's)
Ali Hall, Sociology
RB Wyatt, Animal Science

Shelby Burchell, Child & Family Studies
Raven Chavanne, Political Science
Whitney Hammond, Biological Sciences
Ivy Renfroe, Plant Sciences

Men's Swimming and Diving
Jordan Mauney, Accounting
Brent Sterling, Biological Sciences

Women's Swimming and Diving
Kelsey Floyd, Recreation/Sport Management
Maddie Garrett, Psychology
Maria Jugan, Veterinary Medicine (Doctoral)
Sloane Pitman, Global Studies
Brooke Watson, Microbiology

Men's Tennis
Edward Jones, Communication Studies
Taylor Patrick, Accounting

Women's Tennis
Kata Szekely, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism

Men's Track and Field/Cross Country
Terry Benson, Political Science
Chris Bodary, Agricultural Leadership
Desmond Brown, Sociology
Joe Franklin, Sociology
Drew Thomas, Mathematics

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

Jasmine Brown, Social Work
Leslie Cikra, Finance
Kayla Jeter, Kinesiology (Master's)

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



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