USC student-athletes set academic record

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gamecock student-athletes aren't only having success in the sporting arena. They are excelling in academics as well.

The University of South Carolina is reporting that these students completed the fall semester with the highest departmental GPA on record, 3.146. It went on to say that 13 of the 17 teams were able to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better and eight of those teams exceeded a 3.3 GPA.

Women's golf was listed at the top, followed by women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's tennis, and men's soccer.

"There is a positive vibe taking place in the Athletics Department," stated Associate AD for Academics and Student Support Services Raymond Harrison, "While our student-athletes experienced their highest departmental grade point average ever and a record number of student-athletes performed at a high level, our staff believes strongly that there is room for improvement. There is no secret why our teams are experiencing high levels of success on the field of play. The commitment level and work ethic of the student-athletes are transferring into all areas – athletics, academics and community outreach. The future of Gamecock Athletics is bright."

Overall, 52 student-athletes earned a perfect GPA of 4.0 and were named to the President's List while another 174 were Dean's List honorees.

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