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GPAs Soar for Student-Athletes

May 7, 2016

UMD student-athletes posted an all-time high average GPA 3.181 in 2015-16.

A group of 15 Bulldog student-athletes have been named to the University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Academic Scholar List for compiling the highest grade point average during the 2015-16 school year in their respective sports.

Five seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen, all of whom were 2015-16 letterwinners, comprise the UMD Athletic Academic Scholar List (*denotes number of previous selections):

Kevin Stocke • Baseball • Jr. • Accounting/Finance • 3.74 • Hermantown, Minn.

Taylor Dillinger • Women's Basketball • Sr. • Biology • 3.94 • Houghton, Mich.
Kyle Schalow* • Men's Basketball • So. • Accounting • 4.00 • Kaukauna, Wis.
Jason Balts • Football • So. • Physical Education • 3.95 • Barron, Wis.
Grant Pulver* • Men's Cross-Country/Track & Field • So. • Statistics and Actuarial Science • 4.00 • Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Breanna Colbenson* • Women's Cross Country • Jr. • Physical Education and Public Health • 3.96 • Elmwood, Wis.
Tony Cameranesi • Men's Ice Hockey • Sr. • Finance • 3.52 • Plymouth, Minn.
Catherine Daoust • Women's Ice Hockey • So. • Mechanical Engineering • 4.00 • Ile Bizard, Quebec
Marissa Ganske* • Soccer • Jr • Exercise Science• 4.00 • Eagan, Minn.
Valerie Hohol • Softball • Fr. • Chemical Engineering • 4.00 • Woodbury, Minn.
Sami Schnyder • Softball • Sr. • Spanish/Human Resources Management • 4.00 • Waconia, Minn.
Kaitlin Wohnoutka** • Tennis • Sr. • Biology • 3.99 • Luverne, Minn.
Michaela Hesse • Women's Track & Field • Fr. • Communication/Sciences and Disorders • 4.00 • Sebeka, Minn.
Lydia Kingsley • Women's Track & Field • Sr. • Teaching Chemistry • 4.00 • Fargo, N.D.
Monica Turner • Volleyball • Sr. • Teaching Mathematics • 3.98 • New Prague, Minn.
Overall, UMD's 394 student-athletes, which includes redshirted freshmen, posted an all-time high average GPA 3.181 in 2015-16 and of that group, 92 achieved GPAs of 3.50 or above and eight turned in perfect 4.00 marks.  The volleyball Bulldogs registered the best collective GPA (3.45) of any UMD team during the 2015-16 school year while women's cross country (3.42) and women's ice hockey (3.36) were next. Women's volleyball also took top GPA honors for both the Fall (3.44) and Spring (3.46) Semesters.
Sami Schnyder (pictured above) was one of eight Bulldogs who posted a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average this past school year

Cross country posted the highest GPA of all men's sports at 3.11.

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