CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Slippery Rock University field hockey team led the nation with a collective grade point average of 3.55 for fall semester, earning the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II National Academic Team Award.
“This team truly exemplifies what it means to be student-athletes,” said Julie Zoolkoski Swiney, head coach. “They consistently make Slippery Rock University proud on- and off-of-the-field and this award gives them some much-deserved recognition.”
The Rock’s GPA was also the second highest in all NCAA divisions, trailing only Division III Worcester State College’s 3.57 team GPA. Last season, SRU’s team tied for second in Division II after compiling a team GPA of 3.38.
The National Academic Team award recognizes the institutions that earned at least a 3.0 GPA through the first half of the 2010-11 academic year.
Slippery Rock University led a group of Top 5 Performers that that included C.W. Post (3.48), Mercyhurst (3.40), Southern Connecticut State University (3.38) and East Stroudsburg (3.34). Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference members with a 3.0 GPA or higher included: Bloomsburg, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Millersville and Shippensburg.
SRU finished the season with an overall record of 6-14 and a PSAC-West mark of 3-5. The six wins were the most for The Rock since 1998.
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