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Panther Teams Honored for Academic Achievements

September 12, 2018


Paul Malloy '18 (center) was a member of the 2017-2018 Men's Track and Field Team, whose members earned first place with the best cumulative GPA of all 106 Division III Men's All-Academic Track and Field Teams. 

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury College athletic teams excelled academically in 2017–2018. At the conclusion of the year, many teams received honors for their success when their respective national organizaitons named them to All-Academic teams.

“It is both exciting and not surprising to see the outstanding recognition so many of our student-athletes and teams have garnered,” said Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. “All of us in Middlebury Athletics are committed to the academic mission of the College and to the academic experience of our student-athletes. It is truly gratifying to see that commitment recognized.”

To be honored, the members of an entire team must have a cumulative grade point average above the minimum requirements provided by their sport’s governing organization. To earn NESCAC All-Academic honors, a player must have completed one full year of college study and carry a minimum GPA of 3.40 or better. 

Below is a list of the teams and the honors that they earned:

  • Men’s and women’s track and field: Honored by the USTFCCCA, the men’s team earned first place with the best cumulative grade point average—3.73—of all 106 Division III All-Academic Track and Field Teams. The women tied for second out of 185 programs with an identical 3.73 GPA.
  • Women’s basketball: Honored by the WBCA with a spot on the Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. Team grade point average was 3.619, the 13th highest in Division III.
  • Women’s tennis: Earned a 2018 ITA All-Academic Team Award, finishing with a 3.72 GPA.
  • Men’s tennis: Earned a 2018 ITA All-Academic Team Award, finishing with a 3.62 GPA.
  • Women’s lacrosse: Selected as a 2018 IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad and earned a 3.61 team GPA.
  • Men’s and women’s cross-country: Honored by the USTFCCCA, the Panther men compiled a 3.71 team GPA, good for the fourth-best mark in Division III, while the women finished with a 3.69 GPA to tie for 20th.
  • Women’s golf: Recognized by the WGCA, they finished seventh among NCAA Division III institutions with a cumulative grade point average of 3.64.
  • Baseball: Honored with the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, presented to teams with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Field hockey: Honored by the NFHCA with a 2017 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Collegiate National Academic Squad Award, which recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.
  • Volleyball: Earned the AVCA Team Academic Award with a team grade point average of 3.60, marking the 13th consecutive year that the program has been recognized.