OXFORD, Ohio – For a record-setting fourth consecutive semester, Miami University's student-athletes recorded an all-time best cumulative grade-point average. This spring’s cumulative GPA was 3.238 (4.0 scale).

Three hundred forty-two of 508 Miami student-athletes recorded at least "B" averages during the spring semester and 25 of them compiled perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Led by the women's swimming and diving team (cumulative GPA of 3.53), the women’s cross country team (3.53), the volleyball team (3.52), the tennis team (3.48), the field hockey team (3.44) and the men’s cross country team (3.36), the cumulative GPA average of 3.238 for all RedHawk athletes topped the previous single-semester record of 3.185, recorded during the 2012 fall semester. More than 86 percent of Miami's athletes had GPAs of at least 2.5.

“The commitment to the student-athletes is evident the moment you step onto the Miami campus,” said David Sayler, Director of Athletics. “That commitment includes tireless efforts from Miami University faculty, advisors and athletic department staff. I am thankful to work with such a dedicated staff and am very proud of our fantastic student-athletes for putting in the work to achieve these record-setting academic results.”

Craig Bennett, Miami University’s Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Support Services, echoed Sayler’s remarks, saying that Miami’s advising community and faculty deserve much of the recognition for the student-athletes’ successes.

“They form high-quality relationships with all their students,” said Bennett. “The sense of an engaged University is evident to me every day when student-athletes come in to my office to discuss exciting class lectures, office hour meetings, or advising appointments they have with their adviser during advising week.  Miami University is a special place that developmentally supports students into intellectually curious individuals.”

Bennett also praised Miami’s intervention learning specialists team for the important function it plays. Intervention learning specialists work one-on-one with students, identifying the best learning methods and strategies to engage them in course material. Time management, note taking, test taking, exam preparation strategies are all explored to assist the students into becoming the captain of their college education.

“Our group is one of the best in the country,” he said. “Their dedication to our student-athletes is impeccable. I consider the learning specialist’s role to be one of the most demanding positions in our office. They are relentless at developing higher standards of learning and growth.” 

Sixteen of Miami's 18 varsity teams—five men's and all 11 women's squads—registered at least a 3.06 team GPA, while two other teams had average GPAs well above a 2.5 GPA.

A total of 10 student-athletes compiled perfect 4.0 GPAs in both the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. The list includes Ellen Barhorst (West Chester, OH - women's swimming & diving), David Eichenberger (Plainfield, IN - men's track & field/cross country), Samantha Gable (Greenfield, IN - women's track & field), Mason Krysinski (Shelby Township, MI – football), Ashley Malin (Dublin, OH - women's cross country and track & field), Jacob Prodoehl (Milwaukee, WI – men’s swimming & diving), Christiana Raymond (Westerville, OH – tennis), Meg Riley (St. Louis, MO – volleyball), Haley Walter (Cincinnati, OH - soccer), and Lisa Werwinski (Canton, OH - women's swimming & diving).

Fifteen other Miami student-athletes also compiled perfect 4.0 GPAs during the 2013 spring semester:

Addie Absher (Virginia Beach, VA), field hockey

Kala Allen (East Amherst, NY), women’s track & field

Nikki Craft (Bay Village, OH), women’s swimming & diving

Mary Davis (Indianapolis, IN), women’s track & field/cross country

Matthew Dietrich (Broadview Heights, OH), men’s track & field/cross country

Kaitlin Evans (Shaker Heights, OH), field hockey

Amanda “Mandi” Grandjean (Canton, OH), women’s swimming & diving

Katherine Roach (Harrisburg, PA), synchronized skating

Daniel Schwarz (Cincinnati, OH), golf

Michaela Scott (St. Charles, IL), women's swimming & diving

Joseph “Joe” Stewart (Naperville, IL), men’s track & field/cross country

Lisa Treadway (Dayton, OH), volleyball

Bailey Truesdell (Grand Blanc, MI), golf

Molly Tyler (Birmingham, MI), women’s swimming & diving

Kaitlin “Katee” Wensinger (Stow, OH), soccer