April 11, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University athletic department announced today that Santa Clara student-athletes have raised their cumulative grade point average to 3.01 following grade reporting from the winter quarter for the student-athletes from all 19 varsity sports.
"We have had a 3.0 cumulative grade point average as a goal for a couple of years and we have been progressing towards it every year," said Director of Athletics and Recreation. "It is a great feeling to see the student-athletes reach that goal. I am very proud of their efforts and also the hard work put in by Steve O'Brien and Matt Pinheiro, who have worked hard to help the student-athletes achieve that goal."
Leading the way for Santa Clara is the women's golf team, which tops all other sports with a team cumulative GPA of 3.46. Last year, the women's golf team had four student-athletes named National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars. Hilaire Fouts, Jenny Nelson, Eriko Sato and Megan Stoddart all earned the distinction last year.
"The team's competitive spirit comes through in everything that they do," said women's golf coach Polly Schulze. "We have had the second highest GPA the past few years and the girls really wanted to get to the top and they did it. I am very proud of their efforts. They strive to be the best in everything that they do."
Through the fall and winter sports seasons, Santa Clara has had 14 student-athletes earn WCC All-Academic honors, including four members of the men's basketball team. In addition, six Broncos were named ESPN The Magazine All-District VIII.
Santa Clara has had five student-athletes earn Academic All-American status this year. Water polo players Liam Farrell, Andrew Fitch, Tommy Kelly and Daniel Soares were ACWPC Academic All-Americans, while soccer player Keith DeVey was an NSCAA Scholar All-American.