Editor's Note: Starting July 7 and running through the rest of the month, Tommiesports.com will highlight 25 memorable events from the Tommies' successful 2017-18 athletic year
Give 'em an A
Complementing its many on-field achievements, 2017-18 was another successful one in the classroom for St. Thomas student-athletes.
Among highlights from last school year:
- Two Tommies received elite NCAA Postgraduate Scholar awards -- Women's Hockey alum Kathryn Nelson, and Volleyball's Whitney Lloyd.
- Lloyd was among 11 Tommies to make All-America or HM All-America plus have a cumulative gpa of 3.40 or better. Others were Allison Borgstrom (WH); Bailey Biwer (MS&D); Katelyn Strauss (WS&D); Ali Glassbrenner and Grace Bordson (WT&F); Austin Jochum and Isaac Seering (FB); Shae Bottum (Men's Soccer); Hannah Spaulding (WBB); and Connor O'Neill (MT&F).
- St. Thomas had a league-best and record total of 150 Academic All-MIAC honors over the 22 sports seasons. Non freshmen athletes that meet certain performance standards and holding a 3.50 or better cumulatve receive the elite honor.
- 265 Toms on last year's rosters built cumulative gpas of 3.50 or higher. That list includes 47 at 3.90 or better, and five with unblemished 4.00 marks.
- Football's Seering received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. It's the 79th such honor for a UST student athlete in the last 18 years alone. St. Thomas has had at least one CoSIDA AAA recipient in each of the last 18 years, and is on a select list of approximately 50 NCAA universities or colleges to surpass 100 all-time honors.
- All 22 UST sports teams have had either a CoSIDA All-America honoree or NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient at least once over the last 25 years.
- All 20 UST varsity sports recorded team gpas above 3.00, including 12 above 3.30. Volleyball (3.63), Women's Track and Field (3.61) and Women's CC (3.57) led an impressive list.
- Tommie Basketball had an especially deep group of scholars last winter. Coach Johnny Tauer's men's starting five averaged a 3.63 gpa, while Coach Ruth Sinn's starters averaged a 3.61.
- UST Men's Hockey has 16 players with gpas of 3.50 or better.
- Tommie Football set a Division III record with 19 recipients of the Hampshire award -- seniors with a 3.20 or better gpa that met a minimum participation standard.
- St. Thomas had a league-best eight of the 22 recipients of MIAC Elite 22 Awards. Freshmen or first-year transfers are not eligible for the honor. The award goes to one student in each gender at MIAC championship meets or playoff title games that have the best grade-point average and meet a certain standard. In the award's five-year history, St. Thomas student-athletes have been recognized with 38 of the 110 honors issued. No other conference institution has been honored more than 15 times.
- In related news for UST athletics, a study by the career placement website Zippia.com cited St. Thomas as the No. 1 university or college in Minnesota for finding a job upon graduation. See story here.
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