June 13, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State student-athletes once again recorded the highest department grade-point average on record for a single semester this past spring, combining for a 3.07.
The previous high, a 3.00, was set in spring 2012, and matched this past fall.
Sixty-nine percent of Bronco student-athletes recorded a GPA above 3.0 - semester or cumulative - breaking the record of 65 percent set in spring 2012.
Additionally, the department's cumulative GPA of 3.12 set the all-sport standard, breaking the previous record of 3.08 set in fall 2012. Boise State student-athletes have combined for an all-sport cumulative GPA above 3.00 for 12-consecutive semesters.
Five programs established team GPA records, including football, swimming and diving, women's golf, women's tennis and wrestling. A school-record 12 programs boasted GPAs above 3.0.
In the last year, more than 110 student-athletes earned their respective degrees.
Seniors Erin Wipperman (gymnastics) and Josh Strait (wrestling) were presented with the department's Academic Excellence Award, presented annually to the female and male graduating student-athletes with the highest cumulative GPAs, respectively. Wipperman graduated with a 3.96 in health science, and Strait graduated with a 3.81, also in health science.
The Varsity B Honorary Captain Award is given to the individuals who have performed at the height of their peers in athletics, academics, community service and leadership, and represent the graduating class as those who have demonstrated the dedication to and honor of being a Boise State student-athlete. This year's recipients, as voted on by graduating seniors, were Aubray Zell (softball), Gabe Linehan (football) and Scott Sears (men's tennis).
Lauren Lenhardt (women's basketball) and Jason Chamberlain (wrestling) were each honored with the Lyle Smith Athletics Excellence Award, given to the highest-achieving graduating seniors in their respective field of competition.