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Department Achieves Academic Goal

The women's basketball team not only won an ODAC championship in 2019, but also led the department in team GPA in both semesters.
The women's basketball team not only won an ODAC championship in 2019, but also led the department in team GPA in both semesters.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics achieved a new first in the spring semester as all 21 programs achieved at least a 3.0 average GPA.

It is the first time in history that all 21 of the teams cracked the 3.0 barrier. Women's basketball, the 2019 ODAC champions, led the way with a 3.74 average GPA.

Coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft's club had four women: McKenzie Mathis, Brooke Riley, Sarah Sondrol and Madison Stone, post perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Riley completed her sophomore year with a perfect 4.0 GPA and is one of 15 women that was at 3.74 or above for the spring semester. Eight others:
Sarah Donley
, Kristen Hunt, McKenzie Mathis, Jordan Sondrol, Sarah Sondrol, Madison Stone, Brianna Turner and Olivia Weinel, joined Riley in earning President's List honors (3.9 or above).

Sixteen of the 18 women had at least a 3.42 GPA.

The cross country team, with a 3.61, led the 10 men's teams. For the first time ever, all 10 made it to the 3.0 mark with football hitting the number on the nose. Golf, with a 3.53, came in just behind cross country.

Basketball was one of four women's programs at 3.48 or better. Field hockey had a 3.54, cross country 3.52 and tennis 3.48. All 11 women's teams posted at least a 3.23 GPA.

Overall, the nearly 500 student-athletes had a 3.25 GPA for the semester.

"I am so proud of our student-athletes and coaches," Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bridget Lyons said. "To have all of our teams achieve at least a 3.0 team GPA is a truly special accomplishment and shows that our priorities are in the correct order. We won two championships this year (in women's basketball and baseball) and this achievement is equally as impressive."

Individual academic honors for student-athletes will be announced next week.