Panther jocks recognized for success in classroom
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, men’s and women’s tennis and track and field teams were all recently honored for their academic prowess.
The Panther women’s basketball team landed a spot on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2016-17 season. The Panthers finished the academic year with a team grade-point average of 3.549, the 14th-highest GPA out of 434 NCAA Division III programs.
Middlebury was the only NESCAC program named to the list after concluding the season with four student-athletes having been named to the leagues All-Academic team last winter. To be selected for the conference’s academic list, a player must have completed a year of college study and carry a GPA of at least 3.40, as is the case for eligibility for all sports.
The Middlebury volleyball team continued its run of excellence in the classroom by earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The Panthers posted a team GPA of 3.66 in 2016-17, placing them in the top-25 spots among the 150 D-III schools recognized.
The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale. Eleven Panthers earned NESCAC All-Academic honors last fall.
The Middlebury baseball program was honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2016-17 academic year by posting a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. The Panthers were one of 60 NCAA D-III teams. Eight Panthers earned NESCAC All-Academic honors last spring.
All 11 members of the men’s tennis team were lauded as Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes. With a cumulative grade point average of 3.79 for the 2016-17 season, the program also earned a 2017 ITA All-Academic Team Award for their hard work in the classroom.
Led by seven ITA Scholar-Athletes, the Middlebury women’s tennis team earned an ITA All-Academic Team Award as well. Middlebury did not provide the women’s team’s cumulative GPA.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above.
The Middlebury track and field teams were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The men were one of 111 to become a D-III All-Academic Track & Field Team after earning a GPA of 3.0 or better, tying California Institute of Technology for the nation’s highest cumulative team GPA of 3.62. The women were sixth out of 183 teams that earned the honor after compiling a 3.63 GPA.
The NESCAC had eight women’s teams make the list for their hard work in academics, while seven men’s teams found a spot on the list.
School officials said they expect more Panther teams to be honored as more coaches’ associations release information.
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