University of Vermont

University Communications

Vermont Wins Second-Straight America East Academic Cup

Release Date: 07-12-2006

Author: Lisa A. Champagne
Phone: 802/656-1818 Fax: 802-656-8328

The University of Vermont, whose student-athletes maintained a 3.14 grade-point average, has been awarded the America East Academic Cup for the second-consecutive season and becomes the first institution in conference history to win the award three times (winning the inaugural academic cup in 1995-96). It ties the highest grade-point average in the 11-year history of the award, which the Catamounts set last season.

ďWe are immensely proud of our student-athletes and all that they have accomplished as students, athletes, and citizens of the UVM community. The Academic Cup reflects the university's broad reaching commitment to excellence and the exceptional support and guidance our student-athletes receive from faculty, academic support personnel, and coaches," stated Vermont athletic director Dr. Robert Corran.

The University of Maine (3.11), University of Hartford (3.10) and University of New Hampshire (3.06) were other institutions to compile grade-point averages of 3.00 or better in 2005-06.

Vermont fielded teams in 16 of the 22 sports sponsored by the conference during the 2005-06 academic year and saw 12 of those teams post grade-point averages of 3.0 or better. The Catamounts had seven sport leaders, including women's lacrosse, whose 3.37 grade-point average was the highest of any Division I womenís lacrosse squad in the country.

Other team winners for Vermont were field hockey (3.38), womenís soccer (3.34), menís cross country (3.27), womenís swimming and diving (3.27) and menís indoor (3.14) and outdoor (3.14) track and field.

Vermontís student-athletes are part of the more than 3,200 student-athletes who competed at nine America East institutions in the 2005-06 season. The conferenceís student-athletes compiled an average of 3.02 on the team grade-point averages, which were calculated by dividing the total team quality points by the total credits completed for grade. The overall institutional GPAs were calculated using the same formula for all student-athletes at each respective school.

Vermont student-athletes posted a 3.15 GPA for the spring term of 2006, marking the eighth straight semester the department has earned a 3.0 or better. A total of 13 of Vermont's 17 teams earned team GPA's of 3.0 or better in the spring.

The women's teams combined to post a 3.27 GPA and every women's team posted a team GPA of 3.0 or better for the spring. The men's teams were not far behind, registering a 3.02 GPA. The women's cross country team posted the best team GPA among all 17 teams at UVM with a 3.51 GPA, while the men's soccer team led all men's sports at the school with a 3.36 mark.

A total of five Vermont student-athletes earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors and three went on to earn national academic all-America honors this season. Martin Klimes of the men's basketball team, was named to the NACDA Scholar-Athlete Team and Merrie-Beth Maynard, of the field hockey squad, was named the America East Scholar-Athlete in that sport. Hartfordís menís golf team (3.31) joined UMBCís menís swimming and diving squad (3.07) and Stony Brookís menís tennis team (3.23) as the only programs to win an America East Championship and post the highest grade-point average among the conferenceís teams.

Other sport winners were: baseball, Binghamton (3.00); menís basketball, UMBC (2.89); womenís basketball, UMBC (3.24); womenís cross country, Stony Brook (3.54); womenís golf, Hartford (3.33); menís lacrosse, Binghamton (2.89); menís soccer, Binghamton (3.31); womenís soccer, Hartford and Vermont (3.34); softball, Maine (3.35); womenís tennis, New Hampshire (3.37); womenís indoor track and field, Hartford (3.37); womenís outdoor track and field, Hartford (3.37); and volleyball, Hartford (3.43).

The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point averages during that academic year.