Thomas University student athletes continue excellence in classroom
The Thomas University student athletes continued their excellence in the classroom during the 2013-2014 academic year.
A total of 42 Night Hawks were named to the President’s List, 26 in the fall 2013 semester and 16 in the spring 2014 semester, during the academic year. Forty-Six student athletes were named to the Dean’s List, which honors students with a 3.5 or above grade point average for the semester. Two-Hundred and Nineteen student athletes, 107 for the fall and 112 for the spring, received a 3.0 GPA or above during the academic year. These efforts of these student athletes are responsible for the Night Hawk athletic department boasting a 2.91 GPA during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Seven out of the ten varsity sports received team GPA’s of 3.0 or above for the academic year. Men’s Golf led the way with a 3.40 team GPA while Softball was right behind them with a 3.27 team GPA. Rounding out the seven were: Men’s Swimming (3.19), Men’s Soccer (3.17), Women’s Golf (3.22), Women’s Swimming (3.17), and Women’s Soccer (3.13).
In addition to team academic success, four graduating student athletes were recognized for their individual achievements. Steven Conway (Men’s Soccer)- Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; Carina Spengler (Women’s Soccer)- Bachelor of Science in Administrative Accounting; Andreas Hoffer (Men’s Soccer)- Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management; and Josh Bruijn (Baseball)- Bachelor of Science in Business Administrative Marketing all received Outstanding Success Awards within their respective education departments. Spengler was also a recipient of the Thomas University Dean’s Scholarship during the academic year.
The seven varsity teams were named NAIA Scholar Teams during the 2013-2014 academic year. For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. It is the third consecutive year that Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Golf have received this prestigious honor of being named an NAIA Scholar Team. Both Men’s Golf (Tied for 15th) and Men’s Soccer (Tied for 19th) were nationally ranked within the top 25 for their outstanding GPA’s during the academic year. The GPA’s for Men’s Soccer, Men’s Swimming, and Women’s Swimming, were all tops among the TSC in their respective sports.
TU athletics didn’t just excel in the classroom, sending eight teams to The Sun Conference (TSC) post season play. Four went on to reach semi-final rounds, while two (Men’s Soccer and Men’s Golf) went on to win TSC championships. Thomas was also well represented at the national level, with four teams (Men’s Golf, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Swimming, Women’s Swimming) qualifying for their respective NAIA national tournament.