Fontbonne Softball finishes #1 in the nation in GPA for NCAA Division III

Fontbonne Softball finishes #1 in the nation in GPA for NCAA Division III

St. Louis- Fontbonne University's 2012 Softball team has the highest GPA in NCAA Division III! The Griffins finished the 2011-2012 academic year ranked #1 in Grade Point Average in the nation for NCAA Division III schools, according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

"As true student-athletes, Fontbonne's women's softball team is the Division III academic national champion with a cumulative GPA of 3.595. This is a credit to their practice, preparation, and performance", says Fontbonne University President Dr. Dennis C. Golden. The Griffins maintained their cumulative GPA while advancing to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Director of Athletics, Maria Eftink, acknowledges the Griffins as well. "We are delighted to see the academic success attained by all of the student-athletes on the 2012 softball team. The team has many goals on and off the field and being able to attain their most important goal (academics) prior to the season beginning is a wonderful accomplishment. The coaching staff does a great job recruiting the type of student-athletes that work hard and make the University proud. We could not be more pleased."

Fontbonne University softball has advanced to the national tournament each of the last three years under head coach Bill Rosner and associate head coach Mike Akers. The Griffins have advanced to the tournament six times in Fontbonne Softball history.

2012 Griffin Softball Team                 Major
Alyssa Akers '12                 Elementary Education
Samantha Rosner '12                 Elementary Education
Kourtney VonBehren '13                 Dietetics
Sarah Cerutti '14                 Psychology
Cara Hargate '14                 Speech Language Pathology
Rachel McCarthy '14                 Fashion Merchandising
Marissa Simon '14                 Speech Language Pathology
Callie Dennis '15                 History
Shannon Fitzpatrick '15                 English
Cassie Glixman '15                 Dietetics
Danni Glixman '15                 Business Administration
Jessie Pratt '15                 Psychology
Alexis Stankovich '15                 Social Work


Top Ten NCAA Division III
1. Fontbonne University – 3.595, 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 3.589, 3 (tie). Springfield College – 3.570, 3 (tie). – Washington University St. Louis – 3.570, 5. St. Catherine University – 3.548, 6. Case Western University – 3.510, 7. Heidelberg University – 3.504, 8. Neumann University – 3.500, 9. Bowdoin College – 3.480, 10 (tie). University of Wisconsin Eau Claire – 3.470, 10. (tie) Otterbein University – 3.470


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