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UTC student-athletes continue academic rise

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CHATTANOOGA (UTC) -- The student-athletes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga tied the athletic department record with a 2.97 overall grade-point-average for the 2012 spring semester.

This impressive showing marks the fourth straight term that UTC Athletics have posted at least a 2.92 GPA, and the sixth consecutive semester in which more than half of the student-athletes made the Athletics Director's Honor Roll with a 3.0 or higher.

"I am very proud of our student-athletes' work in the classroom," Director of Athletics Rick Hart said in a statement. "Our program has a clearly stated vision of establishing comprehensive excellence as the UTC standard, and this is another example of how we are working towards that goal."

UTC began formally tracking the combined GPA of student-athletes in 2007, and the rise from 2.92 in the fall of 2011 to 2.97 in the spring of 2012 is the second largest improvement in the same academic year on record.

The Mocs have now increased their overall student-athlete GPA in seven of the last eight terms.

A total of 147 Mocs made the AD Honor Roll, which is roughly 57% of all student-athletes at UTC. That is the highest percentage of Mocs ever with a 3.0 or higher in one semester.

Of those 147 student-athletes, 114 made the Dean's List (3.2+ GPA) and a school-record-tying 33 with a perfect 4.0 mark.

"We will continue to set the bar high with the ultimate goal of maintaining a 3.0 GPA across the board," said Hart. "Our Student Support Services unit, led by Dr. Emily Blackman, continues to look for better ways to guide, encourage and support our student-athletes in their work in the classroom and our coaches, staff and student-athletes are all committed to achieving this goal."

There were a total of 10 teams that posted a 3.0 GPA or better, led by new program records from women's golf (3.72) and women's tennis (3.66).

There were some impressive individuals among the school-record-tying 33 Mocs who had a 4.0 GPA in the spring. Women's golfer Jordan Britt and wrestling's Dean Pavlou and Brandon Wright all won SoCon individual titles while posting a perfect 4.0.

Kaylene Chadwell also had a 4.0 in the same semester she was named the SoCon Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year.

Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.

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