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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Tennis team leads athletic GPA race

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Eight teams posted grade-point averages of 3.0 or better during the spring 2005 semester, Kansas University's athletics department announced Friday.

KU's women's tennis team led the way with a team-record 3.49 GPA on a 4-point scale.

Also at 3.0 or better: men's golf (3.30), soccer (3.23), swimming and diving (3.21), rowing (3.19), volleyball (3.18), women's track and field (3.10) and softball (3.02).

Men's basketball had a 2.81, football 2.59 and women's basketball 2.93.

A total of 204 student-athletes -- 50 percent of student-athletes on active rosters -- posted a 3.0 GPA or higher to qualify for the athletic director's honor roll. Included were 31 individuals with a perfect 4.0. The entire athletic department posted a 2.92 GPA for the spring semester.

"This is a testament to the hard work our student-athletes put into the classroom," KU athletic director Lew Perkins said. "So many times we recognize these kids for the achievements on the fields and courts and not for their academic success. These student-athletes, their coaches and our student support staff should be commended for an outstanding spring."

Other GPAs: baseball 2.57, women's golf 2.79, men's track and field 2.88.

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