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Lobo athletes post 3.29 GPA in fall semester

The University of New Mexico student-athletes turned in a cumulative 3.29 GPA for the Fall, 2018 semester, the fifth-best department GPA since the Fall of 1988 when official records have been documented.  The semester GPA was burgeoned by nine programs turning in top-five program GPAs, as well as the male student-athletes, who tied their record for highest GPA.

 

Overall, the 3.29 GPA means the department has now had 14 straight semesters of at least a 3.1 GPA and 21 straight with at least a 3.0 GPA.  Additionally, the department GPA jumped up 0.10 points from last Spring’s 3.19 GPA, and that jump is the largest since a 0.13 jump from Spring to Fall in 2008.

 

The nine programs the recorded a top-five GPA in program history marks exactly half of the programs in the department.  For GPA purposes men’s indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and cross country are combined, as is the same for the women’s side.

 

The programs setting top five marks this semester were football, men’s skiing, men’s tennis, men’s track & field/cross country, beach volleyball, women’s golf, women’s skiing, women’s soccer and swimming and diving.  Four programs set overall program records for best GPA; men’s skiing (3.78), men’s tennis (3.74), men’s track & field/cross country (3.52) and swimming and diving (3.76).  Just as significant, the Lobo football team produced it’s third-highest GPA overall with a 2.83, but it marked the highest in-season GPA in the program’s history.  Combined with the Spring’s 2.85, the team turned in it’s best calendar year as well.  Four of the five highest in-season GPAs for the football team have now come under Coach Bob Davie.

 

Additionally, the men’s basketball team picked up the biggest improvement, jumping the teams’ GPA more than half a letter grade, up 0.56 points to a 2.80, the 11th time in the last 13 semesters that the team has had at least a 2.75 GPA.

Overall, UNM’s female student-athletes had a 3.50 GPA, the 23rd straight semester with at least a 3.3 GPA.  For the men, they recorded a 3.13 GPA, tying the department record and it was the 14th straight semester with a 2.9 or better GPA.

 

“As hard as our student-athletes work at their craft on the practice and game fields, I am so proud of their efforts and tenacity in the classroom,” said Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez.  “Our university has tremendous pride in the academic successes of our student-athletes. We have very a talented staff of academic advisors under Chris Baca that work with our student-athletes, and of course we have a terrific faculty at The University of New Mexico.  There is a level of commitment to being a student-athlete, and that extends to the classroom.  Our Lobo student-athletes continue to be a great source of pride for all Lobos.”

 

Below is a listing of each sports’ Fall 2018 GPA and any pertinent notes:

 

Men’s Sports
Baseball 3.06 15th straight semester with at least a 2.9, 3.0 in 13 of last 15 semesters
Basketball 2.80 2.8 GPA in nine of last 11 semesters, largest improvement in department from last Spring
Football 2.83 Third-highest GPA in team history, highest Fall semester in history, highest calendar year GPA in history (2.84 Spring and Fall of 2018), 14th straight semesters with a 2.5 GPA, longest streak in program history
Golf 3.50 21st straight semester with at least a 3.2 GPA, 7th straight semester with a 3.5 GPA.
Ski 3.78 Program record.  40th straight semester with at least a 3.2 GPA
Soccer 3.34 15th straight semester with at least a 3.1 GPA
Tennis 3.74 Program record, 17th straight semester with at least a 3.2, third-straight top-five program GPA
Track & Field 3.52 Program record, 15th straight semester with at least a 3.0 GPA
Women’s Sports
Basketball 2.98 44th straight semester with at least a 2.9 GPA
Golf 3.87 Fourth-best GPA in program history, 35th straight semester with at least a 3.0, 14th straight semester with at least a 3.5
Track 3.36 23rd straight semester with at least a 3.3 GPA
Beach Volleyball 3.73 Fourth-highest GPA in program history; ninth straight semester with at least a 2.8
Ski 3.89 Highest GPA in department this semester, tied for fourth-highest GPA in program history, 23rd straight semester with at least a 3.5 GPA, 55th straight semester with at least a 3.0 GPA
Soccer 3.67 Fifth-highest GPA in program history, 17th straight semester with at least a 3.4, last four semesters have had top-five program GPAs.
Softball 3.30 25th straight semester with at least a 3.0
Swimming & Diving 3.76 Highest GPA in program history, 41st straight semester with at least a 3.0, 17th straight semester with at least a 3.3
Tennis 3.63 41st straight semester with at least a 3.0 GPA, 6th straight with a 3.5 GPA
Volleyball 3.26 14th straight semester with at least a 3.0; 32 of last 33 semesters with at least a 3.0
Male Student-Athletes 3.13 Tied for highest GPA in department history, 13 of last 14 semesters with at least a 3.0 GPA
Female Student-Athletes 3.50 23rd straight semester of a 3.3 GPA, 45th straight semester of a 3.0 GPA
Overall Student-Athletes 3.29 Fifth-best department GPA in history, 21st straight semester with at least a 3.0, 14th straight semester with at least a 3.1, 0.10 jump from last semester is largest since Fall of 2008
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