Nine Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Nine Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2010-11 academic year. 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. Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team and men’s golf teams also achieved the feat. Calvin teams that received the honor this year include: the women’s cross country team, women’s soccer team, men’s cross country team, women’s volleyball team, women’s track and field team, women’s tennis team, women’s swimming and diving team, men’s tennis team and women’ basketball team.
This is the 13th year the award has been presented. Calvin had nine of the 50 MIAA teams that earned the award. Of special note, the Calvin women’s country team under the direction of head coach Brian Diemer earned the award for the 13th consecutive year, joining the Albion women’s tennis, Albion women’s soccer and Hope women’s cross country teams as one of four squads that have received the award all 13 years of its existence.
The Calvin women’ cross country team had the top team GPA on the list of nine Calvin teams that received the award, posting a team cumulative grade point average of 3.532. The Calvin women’s cross country team ranked ninth overall on the MIAA list with the Saint Mary’s cross country team leading all teams with a 3.717 grade point average.
Diemer had both his men’s and women’s team honored as the Calvin men had a cumulative team grade point average of 3.462.
John Ross had his women’s basketball team on the list for a seventh straight year, posting a GPA of 3.348. His men’s tennis team was also on the list with a GPA of 3.406 Led by head coach Bret Otte, the women’s track and field team picked up the award for the seventh straight year and for the 10th time overall, posting a grade point average of 3.449
Jerry Bergsma saw his women’s tennis team so honored for the eighth time with a grade point average of 3.446. In addition, the women’s volleyball team led by head coach Amber Warners picked up the award for the ninth time, recording a team grade point average of 3.451.
Other notables included the women’s soccer team earning the award under head coach Mark Recker for the fifth time (3.468) and the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team doing under the direction of head coach Dan Gelderloos doing so for the sixth time, posting a GPA of 3.440.