BOISE, Idaho - As the Boise State athletic department enjoyed another highly successful spring semester in athletic competition, the Bronco student-athletes were also doing big things in the classroom with several outstanding academic accomplishments being recognized throughout the department.
As a whole, the Boise State athletic department saw its cumulative grade point average continue to be maintained above a 3.00 for the sixth consecutive semester. The Broncos' steady GPA is thanks to 58 percent of all student-athletes earning a 3.0 gpa or higher; both semester or cumulative.
Individually, several teams found academic success both on campus and nationally. The Boise State football team learned in June that it is once again one of the highest academic achieving programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision as the Broncos finished in a tie for 12th in the 2009 APR rankings. Boise State tied with Penn State with a score of 974. Rutgers led all 120 FBS teams with an APR of 992.
On campus, the Broncos also saw five different sports break team records for GPA for their hardwork in the classroom throughout the spring semester. Soccer, softball, swimming and diving, volleyball and wrestling all set team GPA records this spring. Gymnastics was the biggest winner, however, as the Boise State gymnasts finished the spring with the highest team GPA in the department at 3.49 (3.43 cumulative).
Along with the overwhelming team success, several Bronco student-athletes also achieved high academic success as eight individuals from seven different sports earned a 4.00 GPA in the spring. Robbie Richards (men's golf), Yvette Leizorek (gymnastics), Erin Wippermann (gymnastics), Jessica Kraft (softball), Malie Hendrix (soccer), Quinten Hennekam (men's track and field), Sarah Bisterfeldt (women's track and field) and Adam Hall (wrestling) all achieved the feat.