Bulldogs Make Academic Grade

May 27, 2005

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University placed nine student-athletes on the West Coast Conference spring all-academic teams announced Friday.

Baseball and women's crew led the way with three selections each, men's golf claimed two spots and women's golf one for Gonzaga.

Bulldog baseball players Jackson Brennan (junior, 3.65 GPA, communications), Patrick Donovan (junior, 3.60, sport management) and Aaron McGuinness (sophomore, 3.45, exercise science); women's rowers Kari Durgan (junior. 3.80, English), Karen O'Hagan (senior, 3.61, psychology/political science), Erin Palmiter (junior, 3.43, English); men's golfers Trevor Loe (sophomore, 3.73, accounting) and Matt Munroe (senior, 3.32, business administration), and women's golfer Jennifer Swanson (sophomore, 3.44, psychology) were named to the spring squad.

To be a considered, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 and be a significant contributor to their respective team.

Gonzaga student-athletes overall performed well in the classroom for the just-completed academic year. Thirteen teams posted a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the just-completed spring semester, paced by the 3.55 GPA of men's cross country, 3.51 of women's reserve soccer, 3.48 of women's cross country and the 3.47 of women's soccer.

Twelve teams have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better with women's cross country and women's reserve soccer leading the way at 3.55 followed closely by women's golf at 3.46 and men's cross country at 3.44.

In addition, 52 student-athletes made the President's List (3.7 GPA and above) and 47 student-athletes made the Dean's List (3.5-3.69 GPA). Women's rowing had eight student-athletes on the President's List while men's soccer, women's soccer and women's reserve soccer each had seven. Women's soccer and women's reserve soccer each placed eight on the Den's List followed by men's crew with six.

"I think these numbers show the emphasis we put on our performance in the classroom," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "I think it's a tribute to our student-athletes, coaches and our academic support staff."

Of nearly 300 Gonzaga student-athletes, 71 percent have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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