Already maintaining an all-time high 85% graduation success rate – second among all University of California Division I campuses – UC Santa Barbara student-athletes are once again achieving academically at a remarkable rate with this week's NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) release. The report scores one-year and four-year academic progress by sport.
Seven Gaucho sports – men's cross country, men's golf, men's swimming, women's basketball, softball, women's swimming and women's tennis – recorded a perfect score 1,000 for the one-year APR results reflecting the 2012-13 academic year. With their outstanding scores both women's basketball and women's soccer landed in the 90th-percentile of all Division I programs in their respective sports.
"We couldn't achieve these heights without the help of a truly supportive campus in partnership with our student services and academic success team of Larry James, Kayla Smith, Sean Strauch, Dr. Janis Ingham and our dedicated coaches themselves," said Director of Athletics Mark Massari. "At UCSB our student-athletes are committed to competing and succeeding in the classroom alongside the best and brightest students in the world.”
Over the past month UCSB Athletics has proudly held two events celebrating high academic achievement with the quarterly Athletic Directors’ Honor Roll Breakfast known as "Brains and Bagels" in late-April where an all time high 77 student-athletes where recognized for having a 3.5 GPA for the previous academic term. Also on May 12, the Gauchos held the 27th Annual Golden Eagles Awards Banquet, generously hosted by UCSB Trustees Pete Jordano and his wife Gerd at the Bacara Resort & Spa for the highest GPA's from each team (minimum 3.2 GPA to qualify).
2014 Golden Eagle Award Winners
Jackson Morrow, Baseball, 3.29 GPA, Sr., English
Kyle Boswell, Men's Basketball, 3.81 GPA, Sr., Mechanical Engineering
Maxine Goyette, Women's Cross Country, 3.46 GPA, So., Biology
Bradford Littooy, Men's Cross Country, 3.62 GPA, So., Mechanical Engineering
Victoria Usgaard, Women's Track & Field, 3.45 GPA, So., Chemistry
Sean Johnson, Men's Track & Field, 3.27 GPA, Sr., Philosophy
Hunter Robinson, Men's Golf, 3.29 GPA, Jr., Economics
Alilison Ariniello, Women's Soccer, 3.81, Sr., Cell & Developmental Biology
Adam Carn-Saferstein, Men's Soccer, 3.91 GPA, So., Economics*
Andriana Collins, Softball, 3.68 GPA, Sr., Communications
Christopher Dotson, Men's Swimming, 3.5 GPA, Jr., Economics & Mathematics
Katherine Peanasky, Women's Swimming, 3.7 GPA, Sr., Biochemistry
Paola Cos, Women's Tennis, 3.88 GPA, Sr., Global Studies
Ali Santi, Women's Volleyball, 3.93 GPA, Jr., Feminist Studies*
Jake Staahl, Men's Volleyball, 3.87 GPA, Jr., Computer Science
Samantha Murphy, Women's Water Polo, 3.75 GPA, So., Communications
Matthew Hamilton, Men's Water Polo, 3.81 GPA, So., Mechanical Engineering
*Indicates Golden Eagle Ring Winner for highest GPA among male and female student-athletes.