USC Upstate’s student-athletes posted a standout semester in the classroom in the fall semester of 2015, while dealing with the death of four athletes.
The combined GPA for athletic teams was 3.14 up 1.6 percent over fall 2014, marking the ninth time in departmental history that Upstate’s teams have combined to average a GPA above 3.0. Upstate had 233 student-athletes on team rosters in the fall with more than 66 percent of the student-athletes earning a GPA of 3.0 or better.
“We have an incredible group of student-athletes,” said USC Upstate athletic director Lee Fowler. “Last semester was particularly tough for this group, as we mourned the loss of four student-athletes in a single-car crash. These students have shown a commitment to their academics that matches their commitment to their teams and their teammates. I continue to be impressed with them and look forward to seeing even more excellence in our academic endeavors.”
Twenty-six student athletes posted a 4.0 GPA in the fall. Spartans earning perfect marks were:
James Fowlkes – baseball Lindsay O’Steen – softball
Jaden Savage – baseball Abbie Millete – softball
Kevin Hickey – baseball Caley Chappel – softball
Anthony Vaglica – baseball Lexi Shubert – softball
Brendan Brundage – baseball Amy Szymanowski – softball
Alejandro Lopez Ospina – men’s golf Ansley Gilstrap – softball
Walker Raines – men’s soccer Ashley Torres – track
Leon Schwarzer – men’s soccer Emily Dingley – women’s soccer
Lukas Sommer – men’s soccer Alexa Hone – women’s soccer
Lenhard Haupt – men’s tennis Emma Safranek – women’s soccer
Emily Koelling – volleyball Hailey Venable – women’s soccer
Travonda Haddock – women’s basketball Carol Sigaki – women’s tennis
Dae Dae Jordan – women’s basketball Vale Zarama – women’s tennis
The women’s teams led the way with a 3.34 GPA, while the men’s teams finished with a combined GPA of 2.96. The softball team led the athletic department’s effort with a stout 3.52 GPA. The volleyball team was second at 3.51. Other teams with GPAs averaging above a 3.0 in the fall were: women’s tennis (3.48), men’s tennis (3.47), women’s soccer (3.47), women’s basketball (3.46), men’s golf (3.41), women’s cross country (3.38), and men’s cross country (3.23), women’s golf (3.15), men’s soccer (3.07).