Bearcats Shine in the Classroom

July 22, 2013

CINCINNATI – As the 2012-13 year comes to an end, the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics has more to celebrate than the athletic accomplishments of its student-athletes.  While the Bearcats’ accomplishments on the field, court, track and in the pool took the spotlight throughout the year, the year ends with the announcement of the student-athletes’ academic feats.

The Bearcats wrangled a departmental grade-point average of 3.031 this spring, marking the 10th-straight grading period, and 16 of the last 17 grading periods, UC student-athletes have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Thirteen-of-17 teams achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher this spring. Women’s golf posted the highest team GPA, garnering a 3.594, while cross country led all men’s teams with a 3.404 GPA. Also this spring, 55 percent of UC student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher to secure Bearcat Honor Roll recognition.

Thirty-three percent of the Bearcats achieved a 2012-13 cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and received Dean’s List recognition.

A total of 44 student-athletes, 25 this spring, attained a 4.0 GPA during this academic year to earn TopCat honors. Matt Bova (Men’s Track and Field/Kettering, Ohio/Carroll), Alex Carl (Women’s Golf/Union, Ky./Notre Dame Academy), Colin Cotton (Men’s Track and Field, Cross Country/Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day/Williams College), Amanda Hotaling (Women’s Track and Field/North Baltimore, Ohio/North Baltimore), Alison Jakubecz (Women’s Golf/Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville), Jennifer Walsh (Women’s Lacrosse/East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Hannah Wille (Women’s Tennis/St. Louis, Mo./Parkway Central) each achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA this season.

Individual accomplishments were not scarce this year. Bova and Mackenzie Fields (Women’s Track and Field/Cincinnati, Ohio/Mariemont), were named to the Capital One Academic All-American Second Team, marking the first time since 2003 that UC has had more than one individual named Academic All-American. Fields became the first women’s track and field student-athlete to receive this honor.

Fields, along with JP Jackson (Baseball/Bowling Green, Ky./Bowling Green/Western Kentucky), were named Nancy Hamant Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Women’s golf student-athletes Andrea Malek (Tibro, Sweden/Klippans Gymnasieskola) and Olivia Dose (Goteborg, Sweden/Goteborg Hogre Samskola) were selected as National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars.

Overall, 246 UC student-athletes were nominated for the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. The BIG EAST All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes in a conference-sponsored sport with a minimum GPA of 3.0  the preceding academic year.

Women’s cross country received an NCAA Pubic Recognition Award for the second-consecutive year for its perfect Academic Progress Rate (1000).

The release of academic data for this academic year caps five weeks of end-of-year accolade announcements.

The following awards were given out in prior weeks:



Jimmy Nippert Award
Tommy Marks, Men's Track and Field

Helen Norman Smith Award
Mackenzie Fields
Team of the Year

Coach of the Year
Susan Seaton, Women's Track and Field
Female Athlete of the Year
Mackenzie Fields, Women's Track and Field
Male Athlete of the Year
David Tepe, Men's Golf

Focused on being One Team, the Bearcats continue to build on the successes of the previous year to create greater memories and accomplishments.