CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Thursday that the University of New Hampshire recorded the highest percentage of student-athletes named to the 2011-12 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. UNH had 132 honorees, which represented 65 percent of Wildcats who competed in those seasons.
The UNH women’s outdoor track & field team placed the highest total of student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll with 53 achieving at least a 3.0 grade-point-average. The Wildcats’ men’s outdoor track & field squad was the top men’s team with 33 representatives.
New Hampshire also had the highest number of student-athletes in both women’s lacrosse (17) and women’s indoor track & field (50). No other America East school was the top performer in more than two of the 14 winter/spring sports.
UNH’s women’s basketball team placed the second-highest total on the Academic Honor Roll with nine representatives, seven of whom were also named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for recording a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Thirty-seven of the 53 women’s track & field honorees also made the grade for selection to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, while 20 of the men’s track & field team representatives received that distinction.
This academic achievement follows the Fall 2011 season in which UNH had the most student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll.
A total of 1,253 of the conference’s winter and spring student-athletes, which represents 56.6 percent of those who competed, were named to the Academic Honor Roll. Of that total, 645 also earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognition.
The University of Vermont also had 65 percent of its eligible student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll. The University of Hartford (61.5 percent) and Binghamton University (60 percent) were the other top academic performers.
America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards’ programs in the country. In addition to the honor roll, an All-Academic Team comprised of student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a Scholar-Athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the America East Academic Cup honors the league institution with the highest average cumulative GPA among its student-athletes.