Bulldogs Excel In Classroom

June 8, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's student-athletes excelled in the classroom for the recently-completed spring semester.

The Bulldogs had 44 student-athletes named to the President's List with a grade point average of 3.7-4.0 and 39 named to the Dean's list with a GPA of 3.5-3.69. Women's crew had nine student-athletes named to the President's List and 10 to the Dean's list to lead both categories. Men's soccer had seven student-athletes named to the President's List while men's crew had eight qualify for the Dean's List.

Women's golf led the way for the semester with a 3.52 GPA, one of 12 sports with a GPA of 3.0 or above for the spring term. Women's cross country was close behind at 3.46, women's crew checked in with a 3.41 and men's tennis posted a 3.40 GPA.

Men's cross country has the highest cumulative GPA with a 3.51 followed by women's cross country with a 3.48 and women's golf at 3.43. Eleven teams have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

"I think our performance in the classroom continues to show the importance we place on academic excellence as well as athletic excellence," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "It's tough to balance academics and athletics, but I think these numbers show we have the coaches, the academic resources and the commitment from the student-athletes to effectively achieve that balance."

The following student-athletes were recognized for their academic accomplishments this past semester.

President's List (3.7-4.0 GPA)

Baseball - Patrick Donovan, Evan Wells. Men's Basketball - J.P. Batista. Women's Basketball - Jamie Bjorklund, Maria Hassett, Stephanie Hawk, Katie Pritchard. Men's Crew - Amanda Brown, Elliot Kraber, Ryan McCarthy. Women's Crew - Martha Buttry, Kari Durgan, Whitney Engle, Heather Jewell, Alyse Loran, Elizabeth Phelps, Jennifer Pierce, Julie Smetana, Kelly Steinhaus. Men's Cross Country - Gabriel Hayden. Women's Cross Country - Emily Buck, Debra Emery, Lindsey Hallvik, Kara Rasmussen, Jill Semenza. Women's Golf - Kathryn Gumke, Lauren Phillips, Sarah Scheffield. Men's Soccer - Mike Babenko, Conor Baranski, Chris Hoyd, George Josten, Collin Lodge, Chris Ness, Ben Sawyer. Women's Soccer - Jamie Blanche, Lori Conrad, Elizabeth Drollinger, Nandini McCormick, Lauren Zuckerman. Men's Tennis - Michael Merz. Women's Tennis - Kimberly Aigner. Women's Volleyball - Lacey Bell, Megan Thompson.

Dean's List (3.5-3.69 GPA)

Baseball - Nate Williams. Women's Basketball - Anne Bailey, Katie Ridenour. Men's Crew - Ken Anderson, Derek Clemmensen, Brian Franceshi, Jeffery Haguewood, Andrew Langfield, Nicholas Mather, Alexander Moore, Meghan Quinn. Women's Crew - Sara Amatuzio, Joan Aubry, Alexis Curtright, Jana Holcombe, Corley McBeth, Jessica Michaels, Brianna Morin, Cory Lynn Nelson, Erin Palmiter, Elizabeth Sambach. Men's Cross Country - Joe Miller, Ken Santman. Women's Cross Country - Cornelia Ballou. Men's Golf - John Bergren, Trevor Loe. Women's Golf - Sarah Clarke, Jennifer Swanson. Men's Soccer - Grant Lundberg, Bryan Mullaney, Stephen Owens, Mark Stock, Austin Washington. Women's Soccer - Cristin Leverson, Stacey Sarro. Men's Tennis - Kyle Baltrusch, Bryce Cooper, Bret Womack. Women's Volleyball - Rebecca Jones.

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