Gitt, Silfer Earn NFHCA's Highest Academic Honor

March 20, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa field hockey student-athletes Brynn Gitt and Jessy Silfer have been named 2013 Gladiator SGI/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction, the organization announced Thursday. The honor is awarded to student-athletes who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year.

Gitt, a Lumberton, N.J. native, earns the honor for the second year in a row, while Silfer earns the accolade for the first time in her collegiate career. Both Gitt and Silfer helped guide the Hawkeyes to their 10th tournament championship game in program history in 2013.

“Brynn and Jessy take their academics to heart,” said UI head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “They are smart and conscientious student-athletes. Consistency of preparation and effort allow them to achieve excellence in the classroom and on the field. We are proud to have them represent the Hawkeyes on a national level.”

Gitt and Silfer were 2-of-9 Big Ten student-athetles to receive the recognition.