BOCA RATON, Fla. – Athletic and academic success have become synonymous at Lynn University and this year is no exception. Over 180 Fighting Knights student athletes achieved a 3.0 grade point average or higher while 101 were honored as Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll recipients, as announced on Friday.
The Fighting Knights shined in the classroom during the 2016-17 academic year with a department GPA of 3.38, continuing its historic run with a 3.0 or higher. Anchoring the academic honors for the year, Marissa Tandron (volleyball), Thalie Carmigniani (cross country), Jean-Baptiste Mateo (men's tennis), Rosie Willig (women's tennis), and Grace Mpassy (women's tennis) were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, bringing Lynn's total to 34 since 1997. Carmigniani was the first Academic All-America selection for cross country and also became the first Lynn student athlete to claim this honor in two different sports (swimming 2015-16).
This spring's SSC number of 1,141 honorees and 177 perfect 4.0 GPAs breaks the previous SSC Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll record of 1,039 student-athletes honored and 168 perfect grade-point averages, which were set in 2016.
To be eligible for the Spring SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll, a student-athlete must post a minimum grade- point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Participants in the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, baseball, and softball are eligible for the spring honor roll.
View all of the 2017 Spring SSC selections HERE.
Lynn women's golf earned the highest GPA in the spring semester (3.77) and for the academic year (3.78). This is the first time under head coach Karli Heimbecker that the women's golf team is Lynn's champions in the classroom. Women's golf was joined by women's swimming in having 100% of its roster earning a 3.0 or better for the academic year.
The men's tennis team had the highest GPA for the spring (3.61), and for the year (3.60), under the leadership of head coach Michael Perez.
Lynn's academic success in the SSC comes on the heels of the swimming program posting one of the top GPAs for the CSCAA in the nation (3.60) and Carmigninani garnering Academic All-America accolades.
Spring 2017 Academic Points of Pride
- 78% of the student athletes (182 of 233) received a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- 50% of the student athletes (117 of 233) earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.
- 10% of the student athletes (25 of 233) posted a perfect 4.0 GPA.
- Women's golf tallied the highest team GPA with a 3.77.
- Men's tennis had a 3.61 GPA for the best men's team GPA for the term
- 13 of 14 teams posted a 3.0 GPA or higher; with all the women's teams earning at least a 3.26 GPA or higher.
- Women's soccer had 100% of its roster earn a 3.0 GPA or higher.
2016-17 Academic Year Points of Pride
- 79% of the student athletes (208 of 263) earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- 48% of the student athletes (128 of 263) posted a 3.5 GPA or higher.
- 7% of the student athletes (19 of 263) received a perfect 4.0 GPA.
- Women's golf had a department high 3.78 GPA for the academic year.
- Women's tennis earned an impressive 3.70 GPA, while all women's teams had a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Men's tennis had the highest GPA on the men's side with a 3.60.
- 13 of 14 teams received a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
- Lacrosse (3.38), the largest roster in the department, earned their highest GPA in team history.
- Women's golf and women's swimming had 100% of the roster earn a 3.0 GPA or higher.