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SRU Good News for March 6, 2012


Field hockey team earns national academic honor

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Slippery Rock University field hockey team led the nation with a collective grade point average of 3.51 following the fall semester, earning Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team honors in a release from the NFHCA Monday.

The National Academic Team award recognizes institutions that compiled a collective GPA of 3.0 or above through the fall semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

This marks the second consecutive year that SRU has led all NCAA Division II programs academically. The Rock also posted the fifth highest cumulative GPA of all NCAA field hockey programs this season, including all Division I and III institutions.

“I am very proud of this accomplishment,” said Julie Swiney, head coach. “We pride ourselves on performing well in the classroom and to lead the nation two years in a row is a testament to how hard our student-athletes work.”

Fellow Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference schools Kutztown University and West Chester University tied for second with a team GPA of 3.38. Rounding out the top five were Saint Michael's College at 3.33 and Bentley University with 3.32. Leading Division I was American University with a 3.55 and St. Francis University with a 3.53. Division III was led by Vassar College and Wesleyan University with team GPA's of 3.52.

In addition to leading the nation in team GPA, SRU also led the nation in total number of All-Academic Squad individual honorees with 23 and total number of four-time All-Academic Squad honorees with five. The five SRU seniors named to their fourth consecutive All-Academic Squad are Rebecca Coleman of Elma, N.Y.; Erin Moran of Plymouth; Skylar Brosse of York; Teresa Elliott of Fredericksburg, Va.; and Brittany Schultz of Poway, Calif.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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