Six Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2011-12 school year, six of Calvinís athletic teams achieved this distinction.
Five of Calvinís womenís teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the menís cross country team also achieved the feat. Calvinís teams receiving the honor are as follows; womenís cross country team, womenís track and field team, womenís basketball team, womenís volleyball team, womenís tennis team, and menís cross country team.
Under the direction of Brian Diemer, the womenís cross country team topped the list of Calvin teams, earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.667. In addition, they are one of only three teams joining the Hope womenís cross country team and the Albion womenís soccer team as the only teams to receive the award all 14 years it has been presented.
Bret Otte and John Ross had both of their womenís teams receive the award for the eighth straight year. Otteís womenís track and field team posted an average of 3.561. Rossís womenís basketball squad posted a grade point average of 3.519. This was the highest average of any womenís basketball team in the MIAA.
Dr. Amber Warners saw her womenís volleyball team honored for tenth time with a grade point average of 3.475. In addition, the womenís tennis team under the direction of Dr. Jerry Bergsma picked up the award for the ninth time, recording a team grade point average of 3.465.
The lone menís team awarded was Calvinís cross country team. They did so by earning a grade point average of 3.446.