SAU Bees - Tue, Jul. 18, 2017

NAIA release

The work the Fighting Bee student-athletes put in the classroom was recognized at the national level as the NAIA announced today St. Ambrose led the nation with 20 Scholar-Teams.

Twenty of SAU's 21 eligible programs had a varsity cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to qualify for the award. Concordia (Neb.) was second on the list with 19 Scholar-Teams. Three additional Fighting Bee programs - athletic bands, men's bowling and women's bowling - had qualifying GPAs but those programs are not yet recognized as official NAIA sports.

The SAU football team's 3.15 GPA was the third-highest mark among all NAIA football programs. The men's volleyball team finished fifth in its sport with a 3.11 GPA. The St. Ambrose women's basketball team, with an athletic-department best 3.63 GPA, was eighth among all NAIA Division II women's basketball programs.

Eleven of the 20 SAU Scholar-Teams finished with GPAs of at least 3.25. Five of those teams - women's basketball, women's tennis, women's cross country, women's indoor track & field, and women's outdoor track & field - posted GPAs of better than 3.50.

The cumulative St. Ambrose varsity athlete GPA for the 2016-17 academic year was a 3.23.

St. Ambrose Scholar-Teams (GPA)
Baseball (3.01)
Men's Basketball (3.04)
Women's Basketball (3.63)
Competitive Cheer & Dance (3.29)
Men's Cross Country (3.20)
Women's Cross Country (3.55)
Football (3.15)
Men's Golf (3.22)
Women's Golf (3.29)
Men's Soccer (3.25)
Women's Soccer (3.48)
Softball (3.30)
Men's Tennis (3.20)
Women's Tennis (3.58)
Men's Indoor Track & Field (3.18)
Women's Indoor Track & Field (3.54)
Men's Outdoor Track & Field (3.13)
Women's Outdoor Track & Field (3.54)
Men's Volleyball (3.11)
Women's Volleyball (3.45)