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The Canisius Athletic Department recorded its best semester on record, as all 20 varsity programs posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2020 spring session. Sixteen teams recorded a team grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and the school’s 345 student-athletes combined to post a department grade point average of 3.41 for the term.

The spring semester had 58 student-athletes earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  Those 58 student-athletes were part of a group of 236 Canisius student-athletes to record a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. That breaks down to 68.4 percent of the college’s student-athlete population.

The rowing team led all Golden Griffin programs in the spring semester with a 3.772 team grade point average. The women’s soccer team (3.768) just edged out the women’s swimming and diving program (3.767) for second overall in the spring session, followed by softball (3.760), women’s indoor/outdoor track (3.72) and women’s cross country (3.719).

The college’s hockey (3.714), volleyball (3.617) and women’s lacrosse (3.542) teams were all better than 3.50 for the semester, while men’s swimming and diving (3.496), men’s soccer (3.482) men’s indoor/outdoor track (3.460), men’s cross country (3.451), baseball (3.395) and men’s lacrosse (3.381) programs all finished with a team GPA higher than 3.35. The golf program (3.333), women’s basketball (3.201) and the men’s basketball team (3.061) round out the list of varsity programs over 3.00 for the term.

Last week, the NCAA announced that all of the Canisius’ varsity athletic programs are in good standing, and two teams posted perfect single-year scores according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics release.

In all, 17 of Canisius’ 18 teams scored 980 or better out of a possible 1,000 points. For this data report, the NCAA counts men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track as one program.

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate director for communications, Athletics