Dominican’s athletes together achieved a record-high GPA in the 2011 fall semester. Ken Trendel, assistant to the directors of athletics and sports information director, has been keeping records of the athletic department’s GPAs each
semester. Trendel said that the overall department GPA was 3.1650 last semester. This is the highest it has been since the 2006-2007 academic year, when the GPAs in the athletic department started to be determined by a more scientific system in which a more accurate average is found. It is a more scientific cumulative GPA, taking the total number of quality points earned in each semester by all the student-athletes, and then dividing by the total number of credits attempted. Prior to this system the total GPA was taken, non-weighted, and divided by the total number of credit hours. The athletic department has never reached a 3.10 prior to this semester. The previous highest average was a 3.09. The teams that had a GPA above the department average included men’s basketball (3.1672), women’s basketball (3.3596), women’s cross-country (3.3625), men’s soccer (3.1998), women’s soccer (3.3639), men’s tennis (3.2145), women’s tennis (3.2574), and women’s volleyball (3.4393). How did these teams who were busy in-season during the fall semester manage to achieve these GPAs?
Sophomore tennis player, Rachel Taddy, explained: “I balanced school and tennis just by keeping busy and staying organized. I used a lot of sticky notes to remind me of things I had to do.
Sophomore soccer player, Patryk Pliszka, said, “I just kept a consistent schedule every week of exactly when I’m going to do what; I even scheduled my naps!”
“There’s a lot more to being student-athlete. Family comes first, then school, and the sport comes last. If your priorities are in order you will succeed,” senior volleyball player, Evelyn Gamboa, said.
Why so high this semester? Many athletes simply adjusted their lifestyles.
“I changed my routine in a lot of ways. Time management was definitely put into play, especially because of my two jobs,” junior cross-country runner Janette Zetina said. “Also, I did a lot of re-prioritizing and I used the resources at school.”
Through being pushed by coaches and teammates, trying to reach a team GPA goal, being able to manage time, and keeping priorities straight, Dominican’s athletes prove that they can succeed both on and off the court or field.
– Lauren Reiniger, Staff writer