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10 Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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History of Calvin's MIAA Team GPA Award Recipients

For the second consecutive year, 10 Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2009-10 academic year Ė matching a Calvin record. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year.  A year ago, Calvin established a school record as 10 of its 17 varsity teams eligible for the honor achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average.

Eight of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team and menís golf team also achieved the feat. Calvin teams that received the honor this year include: the women’s golf team, women’s soccer team, women’s cross country team, women’s volleyball team, women’s basketball team, women’s swimming and diving team, women’s track and field team, women’s tennis team and as mentioned, the men’s cross country and menís golf teams.

This is the 12th year the award has been presented. Calvin had 10 of the 46 MIAA teams that earned the award. Of special note, the Calvin women’s cross country team earned the award for the
12th consecutive year, joining the Albion women’s tennis, Albion womenís soccer and Hope women’s cross country teams as one of four squads that have received the award all 12 years of
its existence.

In addition, Calvin had two of the top three ranking teams in terms of cumulative grade point average. Calvin’s highest ranking team in terms of cumulative grade point average was its women’s cross country team. Led by head coach Brian Diemer, the women’s cross country team posted a 3.605 grade point average to rank second among the list of MIAA teams so honored. Trine had the top spot with its women’s cross country team at 3.691. The Calvin men’s cross country team also led by Diemer placed third with a 3.570 grade point average.

Bergsma had both of his teams receive the honor as his women’s golf team achieved the award for the fourth time, posting a 3.515 grade point average while his womenís tennis team was so honored for the sixth time.

John Ross also had his women’s basketball team on the list for a sixth straight year, posting a GPA of 3.352. Led by head coach Bret Otte, the women’s track and field team picked up the award for the sixth straight year and for the ninth time overall, posting a grade point average of 3.462. In addition, the women’s volleyball team led by head coach Amber Warners picked up the award for the eighth time, recording a team grade point average of 3.504.

Other notables included the womenís soccer team earning the award under head coach Mark Recker for the fourth time and the Calvin womenís swimming and diving team doing so for the fifth time Ė all under the watch of current head coach Dan Gelderloos. The menís golf team, led by head coach Brian Bolt, received the award for the third time.

MIAA Team GPA Award recipients

Trine Womenís Cross Country (3.691)    Doyle Houser
Calvin Women’s Cross Country (3.605)* Brian Diemer     *- 12 straight years being honored
Calvin Menís Cross Country (3.570) Brian Diemer
Hope Womenís Soccer (3.545)            Leigh Sears
Trine Womenís Golf (3.542)                Jennifer Lymangood
Albion Women’s Cross Country (3.537)  Hayden Smith
Alma Womenís Swimming & Diving (3.525) Chris Hamstra
Trine Womenís Track (3.525)              Bill Cooper
Albion Men’s Golf (3.519)                  Jordan Rich
Calvin Women’s Golf (3.515)              Jerry Bergsma
Hope Womenís Swimming (3.508)        John Patnott
Calvin Womenís Volleyball (3.504)        Amber Warners
Hope Womenís Golf (3.501)                Greg Stafford
Kalamazoo Womenís Golf (3.498) Dean Marks
Hope Womenís Cross Country (3.496)* Mark Northuis   *- 12 straight years being honored
Adrian Womenís Tennis (3.491)          Emilie Sechaud
Albion Softball (3.480)                      Christina Finch
Hope Volleyball (3.471)                    Becky Schmidt
Calvin Women’s Soccer (3.467)            Mark Recker
Hope Womenís Tennis (3.464)            Nate Price
Calvin Women’s Track & Field (3.462)    Bret Otte
Albion Women’s Tennis (3.456)*          Scott Frew       *- 12 straight years being honored
Hope Menís Tennis (3.455)                  Steve Gorno
Hope Womenís Basketball (3.440)        Brian Morehouse
Olivet Womenís Golf (3.436)                Bill Maas
Kalamazoo Menís Cross Country (3.425) David Dimcheff
Calvin Women’s Tennis (3.422)            Jerry Bergsma
Hope Womenís Track (3.417)              Kevin Cole
Trine Menís Cross Country (3.415)        Doyle Houser
Albion Women’s Soccer (3.410)*          Lisa Roschek     *- 12 straight years being honored
Albion Women’s Golf (3.404)              Kurt Westendorp
Calvin Menís Golf (3.401)                  Brian Bolt
Albion Men’s Cross Country (3.392)      Hayden Smith
Alma Womenís Cross Country (3.383)       Gordon Aldrich
Calvin Women’s Swimming & Diving (3.371) Dan Gelderloos
Albion Volleyball (3.363)                    Melissa Walton
Calvin Women’s Basketball (3.352)        John Ross
Kalamazoo Menís Soccer (3.351) Chris Adrian
Kalamazoo Menís Golf (3.330)       Steve Tyler
Kalamazoo Womenís Soccer(3.325) Bryan Goyings
Kalamazoo Womenís Swimming (3.325) Kathy Milliken
Adrian Womenís Golf (3.324)              Troy Martin
Albion Women’s Track and Field (3.318) Steven Allison
Hope Menís Swimming (3.315)            John Patnott
Olivet Womenís Volleyball (3.315)
Alma Womenís Tennis (3.309)       Jim Fox

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