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Santa Clara Student-Athletes Receive High Mark GPA for Winter 2009 Quarter

April 2, 2009

April 2, 2009 Contact: Michelle Schmitt/

Santa Clara Student-Athletes Receive High Mark GPA for Winter 2009 Quarter 10 Broncos Achieve 4.0 GPAs Santa Clara, Calif. - Santa Clara University's student-athletes achieved the highest grade point average on record in the Winter 2009 quarter, hitting a 3.11 grade point average. The previous high was a 3.09 grade point average in the Spring of 2007.

Individually, Santa Clara had 10 student-athletes make perfect 4.0 GPAs, including recent Rhodes Scholar honoree Noelle Lopez of track and field. Twelve Bronco programs posted a 3.0 or better and 11 teams have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Santa Clara's student-athletes have achieved a 3.0 grade point average six of the last seven quarters.

"I applaud all of our student-athletes for their academic achievements this past quarter. Additionally, I wish to commend Academic Support Managers Zoe Segnitz and Jason Stock for all of their diligent efforts. Our coaches have made academic success a priority, and these results demonstrate that their efforts are clearly paying off. We are proud that our student-athletes are a vital part of the University's overall record of academic excellence," said Bronco Athletic Director Dan Coonan.

Women's golf posted the highest grade point average at 3.429 for the Winter quarter. Women's cross country and track and field have the highest cumulative grade point average at 3.346.

"My team never ceases to amaze me. The thing that strikes me about the women's golf team is that they really do embody what it means to be a Bronco and to be a Santa Clara student-athlete. They give more than 100 percent on the course, in the classroom and in the community. They aren't just succeeding in their sport, but they are succeeding in school and life as well," said Bronco women's golf coach Polly Schultze. "I know their drive is something they will take with them on past Santa Clara and in their life. They always make me proud. I look forward to telling the team today at practice."