Student-athletes at UMass Dartmouth set two new academic achievement records last Fall, including the most athletes receiving academic honors as well as a new record for the number of Dean's List students.
"Having a record number of student-athletes make the academic honors list is very gratifying and is an indication of a commitment to their education," said UMass Dartmouth Athletic Director Ian Day. "The athletes at UMass Dartmouth typify what the NCAA Division III student-athlete is all about."
Following each semester at UMass Dartmouth, academic honors are awarded to student-athletes based on their grade point average. Using the 4.0 grade point average scale, students reaching a 3.2 or higher are named to the Dean's List and those with a 3.8 or higher reach the Chancellor's List.
Of the almost 500 student-athletes who played a varsity sport at UMass Dartmouth during the Fall of 2009 semester, 184 received academic honors, 23 more than the previous record set the previous spring at 161.
Included on the list of 184 record-setting student-athletes who received academic honors, 33 were named to the Chancellor's List which tied for the second most students named to that list in the last ten year. The remaining 151 students on the Dean's List broke another department record by 21 students. The 151 students named to the Dean's List marks the 17th consecutive semester more than 100 student-athletes achieved that recognition.
"As a staff we are all very proud of the accomplishments our student-athletes continue to achieve in the uniform and in the classroom," said Day.
With consecutive record breaking academic success during the 2009 calendar year, the Corsair athletic teams enjoyed a banner year on the playing fields as well. In the Spring of 2009, both the men's and women's tennis teams participated in their first Division III NCAA Tournaments following Little East Conference Championships in their respective sports. The UMass Dartmouth men's basketball team capped a tremendous season with an LEC Tournament championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. In the Fall of 2009, the Corsair field hockey team earned its first LEC Tournament title and made its debut in the NCAA Tournament as well.
A complete list of the academic award winners from the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department for the Fall 2010 semester appears below. A complete list is also available on line at: http://www.corsairathletics.com/ot/academicsf09.html