Mocs Shatter GPA Marks In Spring Semester

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented many different challenges for all of us.  How colleges and universities operate changed dramatically in the last half of the spring 2020 semester.  The cancellation of in-person classes, along with winter and spring NCAA competition had a tremendous impact on student-athletes across the country. 

Considering all of the adjustments to make with virtual learning, zoom classes and online presentations, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student-athletes did not lose focus on their work in the classroom. For the fourth semester in a row, the Mocs posted a record performance for overall grade-point-average with a 3.421.  That shatters the previous mark of 3.197 set in the fall semester. 

"I was blown away by the academic numbers our student-athletes achieved this semester," stated Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton.  "With everything that was going on, and all of the changes that were happening daily, it is a credit to them to be able to adjust, focus and exceed expectations."

It should be noted that the University put in a pass/fail option for many classes in the spring semester.  This certainly boosted the overall GPA, but does not diminish the resiliency of the Mocs commitment to their studies. 

"I know there were some special circumstances that helped this semester, but it doesn't lessen the impact of the work that was done by these student-athletes, Dr.
Emily Blackman
 and our academic support staff, and our coaches who made sure that academics remained a priority," added Wharton. 


"It is also a reflection of how well our campus adjusted to the pandemic shutdown.  From professors moving classes online, to IT support making sure the technology ran smoothly, to all other areas of academic assistance working together to get through these times, it makes me proud to work at UTC." 

Women's cross country led the way with a 3.81 overall GPA.  The runners set a program record with 11 student-athletes posting a 4.0 GPA.

Overall the Mocs had school records with 77 student-athletes earning a 4.0, 196 making the Dean's List with at least a 3.2 and 226 making the A.D. Honor Roll with a 3.0 GPA.   

Every team had a 3.0 GPA, with football cracking the barrier for the first time with a 3.14.  Volleyball (3.80), women's cross country/track & field (3.79), women's tennis (3.78), men's tennis (3.65), women's basketball (3.64), men's basketball (3.36) and wrestling (3.23) all set program GPA marks in the spring. 

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Academic Notes
- Mocs posted a school-record 3.421 GPA … COVID-19 adjustments allowed for all students at UTC take designate some classes as pass/fail.  This aided the overall GPA to an unprecedented level.
- Over 81% (226 of 277) of all student-athletes made a 3.0 GPA … over 71% (196) of all student-athletes made the Dean's List with a 3.2 GPA … over 27% (77) of all student-athletes had a 4.0 GPA.
- Men's basketball set a program record with a 3.36 GPA … also set program marks with 15 on the A.D. Honor Roll and 10 on the Dean's List.
- Women's basketball set a program record with a 3.64 GPA … program record five individuals with a 4.0 GPA.
- Women's cross country had the highest team GPA at 3.81 … women's cross country/track & field set a program record with 3.79 GPA … set a program record with 11 individuals earning a 4.0 GPA.
-Football set a program record with a 3.14 GPA … first time over a 3.0 … also set program marks with 61 on the A.D. Honor Roll, 52 on the Dean's List and eight with a 4.0 GPA. 
- Softball tied a program record with 20 on the Dean's List … set a new mark with eight 4.0s.
- Men's tennis set a program record with a 3.65 GPA … tied a program record with 11 on the A.D. Honor Roll.
- Women's tennis set a program record with a 3.78 GPA … tied program records with eight on the Dean's List and nine on the A.D. Honor Roll … set a program record with five 4.0s. 
- Volleyball set a program record with a 3.8 GPA … tied a program record with 19 on the A.D. Honor Roll. 
- Wrestling set a program record with a 3.32 GPA.

School-Record 14 Teams With a 3.0+ GPA
Women's Cross Country - 3.81
Women's Golf - 3.8
Volleyball (Beach Included) - 3.8*
Women's Cross Country/Track & Field - 3.79*
Women's Tennis - 3.78*
Men's Tennis - 3.65*
Women's Basketball - 3.64*
Soccer - 3.58
Softball - 3.56
Men's Cross Country - 3.56
Men's Golf - 3.39
Men's Basketball - 3.36*
Wrestling - 3.23*
Football - 3.14*
*Program Record

4.0 Student-Athletes (77) – School Record
Grant Ledford – Men's Basketball
Alex Tostado – Men's Basketball
NaKeia Burks – Women's Basketball
Abbey Cornelius – Women's Basketball
Bria Dial – Women's Basketball
Ruona Uwusiaba – Women's Basketball
Liz Wood – Women's Basketball
Jonathan Boyd – Men's Cross Country
Jacob Etheridge – Men's Cross Country
Ryan Gebelein – Men's Cross Country
Abby Bateman – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Ashlynd Broling - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Nicole Buehrle - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Hannah Caldwell - Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Lesley Green – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Julia Henderson – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Makenzie Jones – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Sophia Neglia – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Mattie Parker – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Emily Poole – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Madelyn Thompson – Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Drayton Arnold – Football
Ty Boeck – Football
Alex Boruff – Football
Evan Brown – Football
Aaron Floyd – Football
Ty Gossett – Football
Adrian King – Football
Reuben Lowery – Football
Leon Bader – Men's Golf
A.J. Lintunen – Men's Golf
Will Porter – Men's Golf
Kirsty Beckwith – Women's Golf
Esme Hamilton – Women's Golf
Maddy McDanel – Women's Golf
Avery Catlett – Soccer
Adryan Darnell – Soccer
Lauren Dluzewski – Soccer
Bailey Gale – Soccer
Shelby Hash – Soccer
Grace Klippenstein – Soccer
Jordan Mueller – Soccer
Maggie Shaw – Soccer
Ashton Shields – Soccer
Mackenzie Smith – Soccer
Katie Corum – Softball
Celia Hudson – Softball
Morgan Kazerooni – Softball
Gracey Kruse – Softball
Amy Lewis – Softball
Emma Sturdivant – Softball
Hayleigh Weissenbach – Softball
Hannah Wood – Softball
Niklas Gerdes – Men's Tennis
Kaisei Kuroki – Men's Tennis
Cooper Long – Men's Tennis
Quinten Nevenhoven – Men's Tennis
Luke Plaisted – Men's Tennis
Turner Voges – Men's Tennis
Grace Anne Dunavant – Women's Tennis
Lilly Holmes – Women's Tennis
Emma Van Hee – Women's Tennis
Jessie Young – Women's Tennis
Bogdana Zaporozhets – Women's Tennis
Brianna Anderson – Volleyball
Bailey Bennett – Volleyball
Victoria Cerino – Volleyball
Brenna Everingham – Volleyball
Gylian Finch – Volleyball
Madeline Halsey – Volleyball
Megan Kaufman – Volleyball
Nan Parrish – Volleyball
Dani Szczepanski – Volleyball
Cole Hixon – Wrestling
Jacob Mariakis – Wrestling
Tyler Shilson – Wrestling
Ben Stacey – Wrestling

Dean's List (196) – School Record
Men's Basketball (10) – Program Record

Maurice Commander, Jaden Frazier, Rod Johnson, Stefan Kenic, Grant Ledford, Ashton Smith, Malachi Smith, Alex Tostado, Ramon Vila, Jamaal Walker. 

Women's Basketball (10)
NaKeia Burks, Audrey Canter, Abbey Cornelius, Bria Dial, Brooke Hampel, Morgan Hill, Pare Pene, Ruona Uwusiaba, Liz Wood.

Men's Cross Country (7)
Jonathan Boyd, Jacob Etheridge, Ryan Gebelein, Ryan Phillips, Chandler Porter, Nathan Watson, Jasper Wilson.

Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (17)
Abby Bateman, Ashlynd Broling, Faith Brown, Nicole Buehrle, Hannah Caldwell, Sydney Cansler, Lesley Green, Jada Hale, Julia Henderson, Makenzie Jones, Sophia Neglia, Mattie Parker, Imani Bryant, Sage Davis, Emily Poole, Madelyn Thompson, McKenzie Williamson.

Football (52) – Program Record
Ty Arnett, Drayton Arnold, Brock Bethea, Riley Bodine, Ty Boeck, Gabe Boring, Alec Boruff, Daniel Brent, Evan Brown, Thomas Burks, Austin Collier, Cole Copeland, McClendon Curtis, Brandon Dowdell, Torrez Finney, Aaron Floyd, Rashun Freeman, Ty Gossett, Luke Grant, Brandon Gregory, Sam Hall, Kohl Henke, D.J. Jackson, Lance Jackson, Kam Jones, Travon Jones, Jeremiah Katt, Adrian King, Tavian Kinnard, Cooper Lewis, Reuben Lowery, Andrew Manning, Tavi McLean, Kyle Miskelley, Harrison Moon, Bryce Nunnelly, Cody Olszewski, Cameron Perry, Jahmar Quandt, Justin Sanders, Eli Shepherd, CaMiron Smith, Christian Smith, Christian Snyder, Tre'Von Stanford, Cole Strange, Ty Summers, Nick Tiano, Juwan Tyus, Victor Ulmo, Jacob Webster, Cameron West, Jeffrey Wood.

Men's Golf (5)
Leon Bader, Dominic Jones, Moritz Lammel, A.J. Lintunen, Will Porter.

Women's Golf (6)
Kirsty Beckwith, Esme Hamilton, Hannah Holland, Michaela Kulhankova, Maddy McDanel, Dorota Zalewska.

Soccer (21)
Chloe Arnold, Maddie Burman, Avery Catlett, Adryan Darnell, Lauren Dluzewski, Bailey Gale, Cameron Giles, Faith Gober, Shelby Hash, Osa Iyare, Grace Klippenstein, Hollie Massey, Jordan Mueller, Abby Nipp, Julia Perrusquia, Anna Rogers, Maggie Shaw, Samantha Shaw, Ashton Shields, Mackenzie Smith, Emily Szymanski.

Softball (20) – Tied Program Record
Reagan Armour, Janessa Casanas, Jenice Casanas, Emily Coltharp, Katlyn Corum, Makenzi Grider, Celia Hudson, Morgan Kazerooni, Gracey Kruse, Amy Lewis, Natalie Luna, Kacie Lynch, Emma Sturdivant Alexa Sudduth, Sidney Swantic, Allison Swinford, Katherine Thompson, Alyssa Walker, Hayleigh Weissenbach, Hannah Wood.

Men's Tennis (9)
Simon Bustamante, Niklas Gerdes, Kaisei Kuroki, Cooper Long, Bo Nash, Quinten Nevenhoven, Luke Plaisted, Tomas Rodriguez, Turner Voges.

Women's Tennis (8) – Tied Program Record
Callie Billman, Anna Didkovska, Grace Anne Dunavant, Caroline Gibbens, Lilly Holmes, Emma Van Hee, Jessie Young, Bogdana Zaporozhets.

Volleyball & Beach Volleyball (15)
Brianna Anderson, Bailey Bennett, Victoria Cerino, Coniah Davis, Brenna Everingham, Gylian Finch, Mikaela Gauthreaux, Madeline Halsey, Makenzie Jordan, Megan Kaufman, Nan Parrish, Mia Rackel, Mackenzie Saitta, Danielle Szczepanski, Baylee Young.

Wrestling (16)
George Carpenter, Wade Cummings, Hunter Fortner, Fabian Gutierrez, Cole Hixon, Noah Liles, Grant Lundy, Jacob Mariakis, Drew Nicholson, Tyler Shilson, Tanner Smith, Ben Stacey, Franco Valdes, Mason Wallace, Grayson Walthall, Weston Wichman.

Athletic Director's Honor Roll (226) – Program Record
Men's Basketball (15) – Program Record

Justin Brown, A.J. Caldwell, Maurice Commander, Trey Doomes, Jaden Frazier, Rod Johnson, Stefan Kenic, Grant Ledford, Prosper Obidiebube, Matt Ryan, Ashton Smith, Malachi Smith, Alex Tostado, Ramon Vila, Jamaal Walker. 

Women's Basketball (12)
NaKeia Burks, Audrey Canter, Abbey Cornelius, Bria Dial, Brooke Hampel, Morgan Hill, Pare Pene, Ruona Uwusiaba, Eboni Williams, Liz Wood.

Men's Cross Country (8)
Jonathan Boyd, Jacob Etheridge, Ryan Gebelein, Jackson Lillard, Ryan Phillips, Chandler Porter, Nathan Watson, Jasper Wilson.

Women's Cross Country/Track & Field (18)
Abby Bateman, Ashlynd Broling, Faith Brown, Nicole Buehrle, Hannah Caldwell, Sydney Cansler, Katie Coker, Lesley Green, Jada Hale, Julia Henderson, Makenzie Jones, Sophia Neglia, Mattie Parker, Imani Bryant, Sage Davis, Emily Poole, Madelyn Thompson, McKenzie Williamson.

Football (61) – Program Record
Gino Appleberry, Ty Arnett, Drayton Arnold, Brock Bethea, Riley Bodine, Ty Boeck, Gabe Boring, Alec Boruff, Daniel Brent, Evan Brown, Thomas Burks, Austin Collier, Cole Copeland, McClendon Curtis, Brandon Dowdell, Torrez Finney, Aaron Floyd, Ailym Ford, Rashun Freeman, Jordan Giberti, Ty Gossett, Luke Grant, Brandon Gregory, Sam Hall, Kohl Henke, D.J. Jackson, Lance Jackson, Chris James, Jordan Jones, Kam Jones, Travon Jones, Jeremiah Katt, Jack Keebler, Adrian King, Tavian Kinnard, Cooper Lewis, Reuben Lowery, Andrew Manning, Tavi MclLan, Kyle Miskelley, Harrison Moon, Bryce Nunnelly, Cody Olszewski, Cameron Perry, John Prince, Jahmar Quandt, Justin Sanders, Eli Shepherd, CaMiron Smith, Christian Smith, Christian Snyder, Tre'Von Stanford, Cole Strange, Ty Summers, Nick Tiano, Juwan Tyus, Victor Ulmo, Jacob Webster, Cameron West, Travion Williams, Jeffrey Wood, Deonte Woods.

Men's Golf (7)
Leon Bader, Alex Cobb, Dominic Jones, Moritz Lammel, A.J. Lintunen, Will Porter, Matt Smith.

Women's Golf (6)
Kirsty Beckwith, Esme Hamilton, Hannah Holland, Michaela Kulhankova, Maddy McDanel, Dorota Zalewska.

Soccer (22)
AK Anderson, Chloe Arnold, Maddie Burman, Avery Catlett, Adryan Darnell, Lauren Dluzewski, Bailey Gale, Cameron Giles, Faith Gober, Shelby Hash, Osa Iyare, Grace Klippenstein, Hollie Massey, Jordan Mueller, Abby Nipp, Julia Perrusquia, Anna Rogers, Maggie Shaw, Samantha Shaw, Ashton Shields, Mackenzie Smith, Emily Szymanski.

Softball (20)
Reagan Armour, Janessa Casanas, Jenice Casanas, Emily Coltharp, Katlyn Corum, Makenzi Grider, Celia Hudson, Morgan Kazerooni, Gracey Kruse, Amy Lewis, Natalie Luna, Kacie Lynch, Emma Sturdivant Alexa Sudduth, Sidney Swantic, Allison Swinford, Katherine Thompson, Alyssa Walker, Hayleigh Weissenbach, Hannah Wood.

Men's Tennis (11) – Tied Program Record
Simon Bustamante, Jeffrey Dewald, Niklas Gerdes, Kaisei Kuroki, Cooper Long, Jacob Marshall, Bo Nash, Quinten Nevenhoven, Luke Plaisted, Tomas Rodriguez, Turner Voges.

Women's Tennis (9) – Tied Program Record
Callie Billman, Anna Didkovska, Grace Anne Dunavant, Caroline Gibbens, Polina Goloputova, Lilly Holmes, Emma Van Hee, Jessie Young, Bogdana Zaporozhets.

Volleyball & Beach Volleyball (19) – Tied Program Record
Brianna Anderson, Bailey Bennett, Victoria Cerino, Coniah Davis, Brenna Everingham, Gylian Finch, Mikaela Gauthreaux, Madeline Halsey, Makenzie Jordan, Megan Kaufman, Nan Parrish, Mia Rackel, Mackenzie Saitta, Danielle Szczepanski, Baylee Young.

Wrestling (19)
George Carpenter, George Coleman, Wade Cummings, Hunter Fortner, Fabian Gutierrez, Cole Hixon, Colton Landers, Noah Liles, Grant Lundy, Jacob Mariakis, Drew Nicholson, Tyler Shilson, Tanner Smith, Ben Stacey, Carial Tarter, Franco Valdes, Mason Wallace, Grayson Walthall, Weston Wichman.

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