USC Upstate Student-Athletes Shine in the Classroom

January 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm

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).