April 6, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Monday, April 6, is National Student-Athlete Day. Here’s a short list of how the current-year Iowa Hawkeyes have added to the “Graduation” column in the UI’s “Win. Graduate. Do it Right.” scorecard:
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? In October, the NCAA reported that student-athletes who entered the UI in the fall of 2007 graduated at a rate of 78 percent. That mark – which used the federal government benchmark for graduation success – was a new record for the UI. It also means that UI student-athletes had graduated at a rate of 70 percent or better in five of the last six years.
? In October, the NCAA reported that the UI had set a new record by posting a score of 89 percent in the NCAA’s “Graduation Success Rate” or “GSR.” The NCAA introduced the GSR in 2005 to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
? Iowa’s federal graduate rate of 78 percent was 12 points better than the national average for student-athletes. Iowa’s GSR was six points better than the national average for student-athletes.
? Seven UI teams scored a perfect 100 on their GSR: Men’s basketball, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball, men’s tennis, and volleyball. All counted, the GSR for 18 of Iowa’s 24 teams was better than the national average for its peer group.
? The University of Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams were recognized as U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association All-Academic Teams. It was the 12th straight honor for the Hawkeye women.
? Iowa is the only school in the country to have multiple academic All-Americans in the sport of basketball: Senior Samantha Logic and sophomore Ally Disterhoft were named 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America; junior guard Mike Gesell was also named 2014-15 Academic All-America.
? Women’s basketball senior Kathryn Reynolds is the recipient of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 2015 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award. The $1,000 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award, named for and presented by Stoner, a former legal consultant to the WBCA, is awarded annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue a career in law.
? Women’s basketball senior Samantha Logic is the recipient of the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award for NCAA Division I women’s basketball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
? University of Iowa basketball student-athletes Aaron White and Kali Peschel are among the 251 nominees for the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company Among the nominees are This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
? Fifty (50) UI student-athletes were named to the 2014 Big Ten Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team. The list included student-athletes from football (15), women’s soccer (9), volleyball (7), women’s cross country (7), men’s cross country (6), and field hockey (6). Five UI student-athletes maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs.
? Fifty-eight (58) UI student-athletes were named to the 2015 Big Ten Winter Academic All-Conference team. The list included student-athletes from women’s basketball (7), men’s basketball (3), women’s gymnastics (4), men’s gymnastics (8), women’s swimming and diving (15), men’s swimming and diving (12), and wrestling (9). Seven UI student-athletes maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs.
? To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten recognition, student-athletes must be letterwinners competing in at least their second academic year at the UI. They also must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
? The Iowa women’s swimming and diving team was named a 2014 Fall Scholar All-America team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) — marking the seventh-straight year the team has received at least one CSCAA honor.
? UI field hockey student-athletes Brynn Gitt and Jessy Silver were named 2014 NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction. The honor is awarded to student-athletes who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher through the first semester of the 2014-15 academic year.
? Eight UI field hockey student-athletes were named to the 2015 NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. Student-athletes named to this team achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2014-15 academic year.
? UI rowing team membersMadeline Anglin (nursing), Katie Brown (psychology), Mackenzie Norton (international studies – development), Destinee Gwee (biochemistry) and Gabrielle Watson (speech and hearing science) were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athletes following the 2014 season.
? The UI women’s soccer team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year. It marked the eighth straight season and the 12th overall that the Hawkeyes have been honored for posting a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year noted. Seniors Caitlin Brown and Emily Scott earned Scholar All-Region honors.
National Student-Athlete Day is an annual activity staged by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. You can learn more about the NCAS by visiting www.ncasports.org