FGCU Sets Records in the Classroom in 2011-12
Monday, July 02, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – While six teams represented FGCU in the NCAA Tournament or Championship in its first-year of full postseason eligibility in 2011-12, the school’s 237 student-athletes collectively put together its best year in the classroom with a record 3.21 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) that saw 73 percent of the student-athletes achieve a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.

Out of FGCU’s 15 Division I programs, 12 of them achieved at least a 3.0 team GPA in one of the two semesters in 2011-12, with nine of teams achieving the feat in both semesters. In all, FGCU student-athletes turned in a cumulative GPA of 3.16 in the fall semester and an outstanding best-ever 3.26 GPA in the spring.

“We are extremely proud of the continued outstanding academic performances of our student-athletes,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “In particular, I would like to recognize Brynn Richter and Jessica Rouse, our two terrific athletic academic coordinators. These significant results remain a by-product of the diligent efforts of the fine young men and women in our program, as well as the daily contributions by our coaches, academic advising units and FGCU’s quality faculty. We pride ourselves at FGCU on having true student-athletes and I think the combined efforts on the field and in the classroom show that.”

On Thursday, the Atlantic Sun Conference handed out its yearly academic achievements. Out of the 209 FGCU student-athletes eligible for A-Sun All-Academic distinction, 145 of them were able to obtain a 3.0 GPA throughout the 2011-12 academic year to earn the honor. In addition, the women’s swimming & diving team via the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), added another 28 student-athletes that achieved the same distinction.

Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) of women’s basketball and senior Gina Petracco (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) from women’s soccer earned Presidential Scholar recognition from the A-Sun by competing their eligibility with a 3.8 GPA or better.

Another five FGCU student-athlete’s earned Commissioner Scholar recognition for landing between the 3.6 and 3.79 GPA status upon graduation, while 25 more student-athletes in addition to the previous seven mentioned earned Conference Scholar recognition for achieving a 3.4 GPA or better over at least two years.

For the first time in conference history in 2011-12, the A-Sun handed out sport-specific Academic All-Conference honors and Student-Athlete of the Year awards for each of its sponsored sports that were voted on by the league Sports Information Directors. A total of 13 student-athletes earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference awards, while Petracco and women’s basketball redshirt sophomore Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) were named the A-Sun Student-Athlete of the Year in women’s soccer and women’s basketball, respectively.

Chihil was also recently named as the A-Sun Co-Female Student-Athlete of the Year and the conference’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Adding to their list of academic accolades, Chihil and Hansen were FGCU’s two academic All-Americans in 2011-12, as the duo was named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete team with Hansen being named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 11-member squad. Now in its 11th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs.

Five different FGCU student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-District 4 honors in their respective sports, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Chihil and Hansen were named to the women’s basketball All-District first team, while women’s soccer landed three on the All-District squads. Petracco and junior Jennifer Crittenberger (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS) were named to the All-District first team, while junior Brittany Burt (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast HS/USF) landed on the second team. Men’s soccer senior keeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) was selected to the NSCAA University Division Scholar All-Region squad.

A-Sun President’s Award (3.8 GPA or higher for Graduating Senior)
Courtney Chihil, Women’s Basketball
Gina Petracco, Women’s Soccer

A-Sun Commissioner’s Award (3.60-3.79 GPA/Graduating Senior)
Steven, Binninger, Men’s Tennis
Brittany Burt, Women’s Soccer
Brandon Pena, Men’s Golf
Sarah Brolsma-Whitfield, Women’s Basketball
Holly Youngquist, Women’s Volleyball

A-Sun Conference Scholar (3.4 GPA over at least two years)
Morgan Bechtel, Women’s Tennis
Steven Binninger, Men’s Tennis
Brittany Burt, Women’s Soccer
Briana Carlson, Women’s Golf
Courtney Chihil, Women’s Basketball
Lindsey Childs, Women’s Volleyball
Jennifer Crittenberger, Women’s Soccer
Gabriel Echeverry, Men’s Tennis
Katharine Evans, Women’s Tennis
Danielle Faller, Women’s Soccer
Mariah Fernandez, Softball
Kayla Gabel, Softball
Lindsey Green, Softball
Sarah Hansen, Women’s Basketball
Scott Harrison, Men’s Soccer
Kelsey Jacobson, Women’s Basketball
Deion Jones, Men’s Soccer
Brittany Kennedy, Women’s Basketball
Regan Knapik, Softball
Julia Martin, Women’s Soccer
Melissa Narzissenfeld, Women’s Tennis
Keishla Negron-Acevedo, Women’s Volleyball
Ashley Noble, Women’s Volleyball
Sanders Payne, Men’s Cross Country
Stacy Payne, Women’s Soccer
Brandon Pena, Men’s Golf
Gina Petracco, Women’s Soccer
Amber Rechis, Women’s Basketball
Stephanie Sullivan, Softball
Megan Van Etten, Women’s Golf
Sarah Brolsma-Whitfield, Women’s Basketball
Holly Youngquist, Women’s Volleyball

A-Sun All-Academic by Sport (3.0 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year)
Baseball – 24
Men’s Basketball – 6
Women’s Basketball – 12
Men’s Cross Country – 7
Women’s Cross Country – 4
Men’s Golf – 7
Women’s Golf – 5
Men’s Soccer – 17
Women’s Soccer – 17
Softball – 17
Women’s Swimming & Diving (CCSA) - 28
Men’s Tennis – 8
Women’s Tennis – 7
Women’s Volleyball/Sand Volleyball – 14