Pacific Student-Athletes Show Success in the Classroom

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific student-athletes wrapped up a stellar 2017-18 academic year in not only their respective sports, but in the classroom as well.

“We are extremely proud of how well our student-athletes performed in the classroom this past year,” expressed Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Services, Danielle Kelly.  

“Our Tigers compete at the highest levels both in the classroom and on the field/court.“

During the fall semester, 20 student-athletes received a 4.0 grade point average. In the spring that number grew to 31 student-athletes earning a 4.0 GPA, which is the highest achievement over the last three academic years.

For the teams as a whole, 12-of-18 teams earned a GPA average of 3.0 or above in the fall of 2017 with an overall team average of 3.10 across all sports, while in the spring 14 teams held a 3.0 or better for a 3.13 average. For the 2017-18 academic year,, the Tigers registered an overall team GPA of 3.12 for the 2017-18 year.

“We have achieved our highest numbers in five of nine categories over the last three academic years, which shows how hard our programs are working to develop not only the athlete, but the student.”

The year concluded with the announcement of two Pacific student-athletes earning the NCAA Elite 90 Award. Members of the men’s and women’s water polo teams — Andrea De Nardi and Vicktoria Tamas — were recognized as two of 37 Division I student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point averages who have competed in the NCAA final tournament. De Nardi, a sophomore from France, holds a 4.0 GPA in engineering management, while Tamas, sophomore from Hungary, compiled a 4.0 GPA in business administration.

“This honor is a significant achievement for our students, given the challenges athletes face with balancing academics and athletics.”