Rhode Island Athletics Sets New Standard in Academic Excellence in 2015-16

KINGSTON, R.I. — Rhode Island Athletics set a new standard for scholastic excellence during the 2015-16 academic year.

With 41% of URI student-athletes - 185 in total - earning university Dean’s List honors, the spring 2016 semester was the best on record for the Athletics Department.  The previous high was 37% - set during the spring and fall semesters in 2015.

“We are so proud of the incredible accomplishments made by our student-athletes this past year. They excelled where it matters most - in the classroom,” said Thorr Bjorn, Rhode Island’s Director of Athletics.  “This type of success is a result of incredible support from so many: our amazing academic support team, our coaches, professors and university advisors.”

Overall, for the fall and spring semesters in 2015-16, the cumulative grade-point average for Rhody student-athletes was 3.00 - which is the highest mark since GPA data has been compiled.  Among all Rhode Island athletics programs, women’s tennis posted the highest team GPA at 3.74.

Eleven Rhody student-athletes earned spots on their respective sport’s Atlantic 10 All-Academic team: Billy Walthouse (golf); Alyssa Margraf (rowing); Nils Leifhelm, Michael Casey (men’s soccer); Ali Summers, Olivia Hendricks, Becca Rogers (softball); Alexander McGrainer (men’s indoor track & field); Ondrej Honka (men’s outdoor track & field); Jennifer Czerapowicz (women’s indoor and outdoor track & field); and Cate Seman (volleyball).

The football program placed 18 student-athletes on the CAA Football All-Academic team - the most in program history: Robby Delgado, Tim Wienclaw, Kolt Peavey, Charlie McKeeman, Mark Murphy, Tyler Arena, Brian Collins, Tom Kelleher, Shawn Antoine II, Lorenzo Bryant, Michael Curry, Alex Ganter, Anthony Garro, Power Kanga, Jordan Koester, Justin Rohrwasser, Jordan Vazzano and Jake Whan.