(MSU Billings release)
BILLINGS – Student-athletes from Montana State University Billings posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.23 throughout the 2018-19 academic year, announced the athletic department on Monday.
It is the highest cumulative GPA recorded by the Yellowjacket athletic department in at least eight years, topping all marks back to the 2011-12 academic year. It also marked the eighth consecutive year MSUB athletics has achieved one of its department-wide goals of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
“We take pride in playing a valuable role in our university’s mission of providing its students with a high quality education,” said MSUB director of athletics Krista Montague. “Our number one goal is to assist our students in completing their degrees, so this accomplishment is something we are very proud of throughout our entire department. To maintain a collective grade point average north of 3.20 displays the dedication our student-athletes have to their education and to their teammates.”
A total of 38 student-athletes exhausted their NCAA eligibility upon the completion of the academic year, and a total of 38 student-athletes walked at MSUB’s 2019 commencement ceremony on May 4.
Among the 207 student-athletes at MSUB, 58 maintained all As and A-minuses during the 2018-19 season, and a total of 15 earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average in both semesters. Among MSUB’s Honor Roll listings for the fall of 2018 semester and spring of 2019 semester, 98 of the names that appeared were student-athletes.
Ten of MSUB’s 13 varsity athletic teams maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the year, and the athletic department’s GPA increased from a 3.19 in the fall semester to a 3.28 during the spring semester.
The Yellowjacket women’s soccer team carried the highest GPA, with a stellar mark of 3.74 during the 2018-19 school year. Additionally, 11 women’s soccer players maintained all As and A-minuses.
A total of 62 MSUB student-athletes earned academic all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors, which requires a 3.20 grade point average and that an athlete is in at least her second year competing with her team. At MSUB’s annual Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society induction ceremony on March 21, 40 student-athletes were recognized including 27 inductees. Chi Alpha Sigma status is reserved for juniors and seniors who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher while competing in a varsity sport.
Four ‘Jackets earned Google Cloud academic all-district honors, voted on by CoSIDA members based on academic and athletic success. Guillaume Kremer of the men’s soccer team, Amanda Hemmen of the women’s soccer team, and Matt Dillon and Steen Fredrickson of the baseball team were each academic all-district selections.
Hemmen and Dillon went on to earn Google Cloud Academic All-America accolades as well, with the former being a first-team selection.