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Old Dominion University's athletic teams captured the Virginia Sports Information Directors trophy this summer as the winningest Division I program in the state last season, but its student athletes also enjoyed excellence in the classroom.

Eight of the University's 16 intercollegiate teams posted an overall team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, while 127 (48% )of the 267 student athletes posted a 3.0 GPA or higher and 22 achieved a 3.75 or higher GPA. Old Dominion currently graduates 90 per cent of its student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility.

"The athletic department takes great pride in the outstanding performance of Monarch student athletes on and off the playing fields," says athletic director Jim Jarrett. "Dean's list students, conference and national scholar-athletes and quality grade point averages have been the norm for Old Dominion teams. This past year was exceptional and I congratulate the student athletes, our academic support staff, our faculty and coaches for their role in this academic success story."

Overall, 96 student athletes earned Dean's List honors last year with grade point averages of 3.4 or higher. Female student-athletes posted a 3.09 GPA, while Males posted a 2.82. The cumulative GPA for all 267 student athletes was 2.95.

Field Hockey ranked first among ODU's 16 teams, with a 3.51 grade point average, which also ranked them third in the nation among Division I field hockey programs for academic performance.

Since 1974, 115 student athletes have earned Scholar/Academic All-American honors by either CoSIDA or their national coaches associations. In 1994, Anne Donovan ('83) was inducted into the CoSIDA national Academic Hall of Fame.

ODU intercollegiate teams with 3.0 or higher grade point average for the 2006-07 season:

Field Hockey: 3.51
Men's Golf 3.04
Women's Golf 3.06
Lacrosse 3.06
Women's Soccer 3.20
W. Swimming & Diving 3.04
Men's Tennis 3.35
Women's Tennis 3.33

Dana Sensenig-Field Hockey
Jonathan Adams-Men's Basketball
Stan Guerrero- Men's Golf
Henrique Cancado-Men's Tennis

Katie Watson-Women's Soccer
Jared Kent- Men's Soccer
Ryan Williams- Wrestling
Stan Guerrero-Men's Golf
Sara Larson- Lacrosse
Rashelle Fetty -Women's Golf
Samantha Mosko-Women's Golf

Field Hockey: Titia Beek, Alyschia Conn, Anna Kerr, Courtney Seiders, Kathleen Shea, Hanna Warren, Kelly Driscoll, Nico van Nispen, Katelyn Smither, Jo Ann van Aswegern, Samantha McLenegan, Caroline Nichols, and Dana Sensenig.

This article was posted on: August 20, 2007

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