Swimming and Diving Celebrates Unprecedented Academic Success in Fall
Dec. 30, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky swimming and diving team recorded a record-setting fall semester in the classroom, as the Wildcats claimed 10 athletes with a 4.0 grade-point average, and an additional 30 student-athletes who posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher. In total, 41 student-athletes on the roster claimed a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
"I'm very proud of this team's performance in the classroom," UK head coach Gary Conelly said. "10 student-athletes with a 4.0 is a very special achievement, especially when you factor in the high number of freshmen."
Of the 10 members who earned a 4.0, seven of them were members of the prestigious freshman class.
For the first time in program history, both the men's and women's teams recorded GPAs that averaged over 3.0, with the men posting a mark of 3.03, and the women taking claim to a 3.34 average GPA.
"Our academic performance is a real testament to the quality of the individual's who make up our team." Conelly added.
Included in the list of student-athletes on the team that achieved a 3.5-3.99 are Christa Cabot, Megan Eppler, Samantha Shaheen, Kristen Wilson, Samantha Wright, John Bullock, Matt Davis, John Fox, Blake Freeman, Jonathan Keltner, Zack Peterson, Chris Rush, Maclin Simpson, and Calder Staben
UK swimming and diving also placed 16 on the list of 3.0-3.49 which include Claire Archiblad, Cassie Brueckbauer, Anna Mattox, Marisa McGlynn, Taylor Melton, Kelcy Perry, Shannon Reynolds, Sherrill Thompson, Lee Duggins, Travis Green, William Heidler, Pat Kemme, Kyle Lang, Tyler Reed, Matt Russell, Derrick Smith and Jake Thomas.
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