PROVIDENCE, RI – Not to be overshadowed by the success in competition, the Johnson & Wales University athletics department had another banner year in the classroom.
The 23 varsity programs increased the department grade point average to 3.23 during the 2017-18 school year. Eighteen sports had a final GPA over a 3.0.
For the second year in a row, the softball team led the way with the highest GPA in the department. Kim Camara-Harvey's crew increased its GPA from 3.60 in 2016-17 to 3.72 this year. The highest GPA amongst the men's teams came from ice hockey with a 3.44. It's the second-straight year James LaCour's squad has had the highest men's GPA.
Nearly half of the department's 456 student-athletes were named to the dean's list for a 3.40 GPA and higher. Seventy-five Wildcats posted a 4.0 perfect GPA.
A number of student-athletes received national academic awards. Katie Rufo from the softball team picked up CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America honors while Kate Walker (women's volleyball) was a second-team selection and Raquel Pederzani (women's basketball) earned third-team accolades.
Senior Max Stone became the first men's lacrosse student-athlete in program history to collect Scholar All-America honors from the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Cam Altobelli, Adrian Gonzalez, Michael Larm, Kyle McQuaide, Stephen Nadera and Joao Vicente collected National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-America honors.
At the conference level, Johnson & Wales was well represented with 170 academic all-conference selections. The Wildcats had a record 123 Academic All-GNAC selections, the most of any school in the conference.