Omaha, Nebraska 2021-01-13 03:24:26 –
Omaha student athletes faced the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and achieved the highest cumulative average score in school history for the second consecutive semester.
UNO’s 291 student athletes won a 3.563 overall GPA in the fall of 2020. This is slightly above the previous high of 3.562 in the spring of 2020.
“Last year, the challenges faced by our student athletes and student population were daunting,” said Lindsey Ekwellek, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Academic Success and Student Athlete Development. “They not only effectively balance their academic and athletic workloads, but they continue to achieve very high levels in times of high stress and uncertainty.
“It’s really amazing to overcome that adversity with such elegance and dedication,” Ekwerekwu added. “Academic staff couldn’t be any more proud of the work they put into achieving such a successful semester.”
“I continue to appreciate the student athletes’ dedication to their studies and the support they have received from their successful academic staff,” said Treff Alberts, Vice President of Athletics. “The pandemic has caused a great deal of turmoil in our society and the lives of these young people, but we have not deviated from two guidelines: academic excellence and student-centricity.”
In the fall, a total of 255 student athletes (88%) earned 3.0 GPA or higher, of which 189 (65%) earned honors on the Dean List (3.5 or higher) or the Prime Minister List (4.0).
Women’s tennis led with a 3.85 team GPA. Four of the members created a list of prime ministers, and four more created a list of deans. Women’s golf, swimming and diving were second and third, with GPAs of 3.75 and 3.74, respectively.
The hockey team has UNO’s best men’s team GPA, finishing 7th overall with 3.61. Eleven team members made a list of deans, and six praised the list of prime ministers. This happened during the semester when the team was trapped in a hotel for three weeks at the NCHC Pod at Baxter Arena.
The Mavericks are currently posted by all student athletes with a GPA of 3.3 or higher for 17 consecutive semesters.
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