HAMMOND, Ind., & WESTVILLE, Ind. — The Purdue University Northwest Athletic Department is proud to announce a stellar 3.17 departmental semester grade point average with the recent release of the Fall 2016 academic report.
Included in the group of nearly 200 Pride student-athletes included 16 with a perfect 4.0 GPA and 68.3 percent of PNW student-athletes carried a 3.0 or higher.
“The constant focus for our athletic programs has always been students first, athletes second,” PNW Athletic Director Rick Costello said. “We are so proud of our Pride student athletes for continuing to strive for a balance of academics and athletics as move forward into NCAA Division II membership.”
The PNW women’s basketball team, which currently stands as the 15th-ranked team in NAIA Division II with a 21-7 overall record, led the way with a stellar 3.73 team grade point average, with women’s tennis (3.53), women’s golf (3.50) and women’s volleyball (3.44) not far behind.
In total, 11 of PNW’s 13 varsity teams carried at least a 3.0 average grade point average.
“Our student-athletes are constantly striving to be better in the classroom, and the results from the last semester show that,” said Jen Madgiak, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services. “As a staff, our goal is make our student-athletes into successful members of society and we’re very proud of the progress we’ve made in the classroom.”
Other academic accolades for PNW over the fall semester to present include:
-19 fall sports (women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country), were named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team:
-Men’s Soccer senior Sergio Reyes was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, the fourth student-athlete in PNW history to do so:
-Men’s Soccer student-athletes Sergio Reyes and Murilo Cunha were tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-District selections:
-Seven fall PNW student-athletes — Abigail Bondi (Women’s Cross Country); Sergio Reyes (Men’s Soccer); Gabrielle Martin (Volleyball); Christina Kotas (Women’s Soccer); Tiffani Kotas (Women’s Soccer); Murilo Cunha (Men’s Soccer); and Shyla Huppenthal (Women’s Cross Country) — were named Daktronics Scholar-Athletes.
-Women’s Basketball senior Cassidy Deno was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, making her eligible for her second-straight Academic All-American honor: