MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The 2009-2010 season was a record-breaking year for Barry University student-athletes as upward trends show that Buccaneer athletes are continuing to perform better in the classroom.Of all student-athletes, 67.7 percent tallied a spring GPA of 3.0 or better. This is a new record high for spring term GPAs, and the highest since the 1999 school year. Spring term GPAs have continued to climb steadily in recent years as 64.2 percent of athletes had a 3.0 or higher last year, and 58.8 percent in 2007. Of the 67.7 percent with a 3.0 or higher this spring, 59.1 percent of them currently have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
"I’m very pleased with these results," Assistant Dean Maritza Ryder said. "It demonstrates that our student-athletes are not only committed to their athletic success, but their academic success as well."The term-average GPA for all teams was 3.254, up from last spring’s 3.193. Likewise, the average cumulative was up from last year, coming in at 3.228 for all student-athletes. In addition, no students-athletes finished the semester holding a cumulative GPA lower than 2.0.
The volleyball team continued their reign at the top, posting a team GPA of 3.713. Cumulatively, the team has a 3.649 GPA, also the highest of any team. Women’s golf finished just behind volleyball with a 3.645 term GPA.Men’s golf was the highest ranked men’s team, and third overall among all sports, with a 3.594 term GPA. Women’s soccer (3.521) and softball (3.368) followed men’s golf. Men’s soccer was the next highest men’s team with a 3.213 term GPA. Men’s tennis, which ranked highest among men’s teams last spring was third among men’s teams this year with a 3.304.
Like the term GPA’s, cumulative GPA’s continued to climb as well. After the volleyball team, women’s golf had the next best cumulative GPA with a 3.543. Though women’s soccer finished fourth among all teams in term GPA, they improved to third overall in cumulative GPA with a 3.415. Softball followed with a 3.380. Men’s golf finished with the highest overall GPA among men with a 3.346.
A total of 11 student-athletes made the president’s list (see page 7) with a 4.0 GPA for the semester while one graduate student achieved the mark. Evan Ashley (baseball), Victor Billskoog (men’s golf), Bryan Chiverton (men’s basketball), Grace Collins (softball), Joe Conkleton (men’s soccer), Samara Ferreira (volleyball), Allie Llaneras (women’s soccer), Tara O’Malley (women’s basketball), Julie Priester (volleyball), Daniel Stapff (men’s golf), and Cassy Zamora (softball) all made it onto the list. Graduate student Sascha Koettig (men’s soccer) also completed the semester with a perfect 4.0.