Boston, Mass.— UMBC Athletics posted their best year grade-point-average (GPA) since joining the America East in 2003-04, the department announced in conjunction with the conference's Academic Cup announcement.
Retriever student-athletes compiled a 3.08 GPA during the 2014-15 academic year, capping another successful year in the classroom and in athletics.
Hartford and New Hampshire tied for the top GPA in the league posting a 3.23 GPA each. This is the second time in conference history in which the title was shared, with Maine and Vermont sharing the crown back in 2007. Maine was just behind them in third place with a 3.21 GPA. Rounding out the nine team league was Vermont (3.16), Binghamton (3.10), UMass Lowell (3.10), UMBC (3.08), Stony Brook (3.08) and Albany (3.06).
The Retrievers placed 17 student-athletes on All-Academic Teams this season, with Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) and Sophia Cologer (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) earning spots on both the cross country and outdoor track and field teams.
In addition, UMBC cross country/track and field runner Eric Schuler (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) and softball student-athlete Kathleen Sharp (Toms River, N.J./Toms River/Brookdale CC) earned America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete honors, with track and field runner Daryian Miles (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck/St. Francis U) and men's soccer goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) earning America East inaugural Elite 18 awards.
The UMBC women's swimming and diving team led their America East rivals, finishing with a 3.45 GPA. The team won their first America East Championship since 2011, and fourth overall this past winter.
Every America East school compiled at least a 3.0 GPA for the first time in conference history. America East student-athletes averaged a 3.14 GPA during the year, the highest mark in conference history. The previous high was 3.12 during the 2012-13 academic year, with student-athletes setting a new standard for the third consecutive year. Seventy-nine percent (110 of 139) America East teams achieved a grade-point-average higher than 3.0 in 2014-15.
The America East Academic Cup was established by the Board of Directors in 1995 and is presented to the institution whose student-athletes record the highest GPA during that academic year.