Spartan Softball Ranked 12th in the Nation Academically

Photo courtesy of David Sinclair Athletics
Photo courtesy of David Sinclair Athletics

LOUISVILLE, KY – The 2018 York College softball team posted the 12th highest cumulative grade point average among NCAA Division III programs in 2017-2018, as they earned the Easton/NFCA Academic Team Award for the third consecutive year. The national ranking of 12 is an increase of 10 spots from 2016-2017 when they were ranked No. 22 with a team grade point average of 3.530. The Spartans took care of business in the classroom this year with a team GPA of 3.590. York is the only member of the Capital Athletic Conference represented in the top 50.

The softball squad also boasted a program high 12 individuals who were named Division III Scholar-Athletes. To be eligible for nomination of this honor, student-athletes must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The 12 Spartan honorees were the most by any CAC program and brings the total to 31 Scholar-Athletes recognized in the last three years.

The 12 recipients from 2017-2018 are: Madison Bowen, Quinn Fisher, Savannah Galati, Melissa Jurkiewicz, Samantha Kiser, Joanna Marmo, Cassie McGrath, Ashley Meekins, Julie Van O'Linda, Jordan Vazquez, Ashley Werner and Savannah Zittle.

Easton/NFCA Academic Top 20 (Ranked by GPA):

  1. Otterbein University
  2. Johnson & Wales University
  3. Penn State Brandywine
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Stevens Institute of Technology
  6. Endicott College
  7. Saint Mary's College (Ind.)
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  9. Bethel University (Minn.)
  10. Suffolk University
  11. Ithaca College (Tied for 10th)
  12. York College (Pa.)
  13. St. John Fisher College
  14. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  15. Williams College
  16. Amherst College (Tied for 15th)
  17. University of Chicago
  18. Augsburg College
  19. Bluffton University
  20. Rhodes College

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