Record 68 Patriots Named as CAA Scholar-Athletes

Posted: August 27, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A record total of 68 George Mason student-athletes have been named as Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Scholar-Athletes for their outstanding efforts in the classroom and on the playing field in 2001-02.

Among the 10 CAA institutions, a record total of 975 student-athletes earned the honor of CAA Scholar-Athlete, nearly 25 percent of all student-athletes who participate in one of the league’s 20 championship sports. Student-athletes receive the honor for compiling a 3.200 grade point average in the current academic year or cumulatively, along with earning a varsity letter in a CAA-sponsored sport. The 3.200 GPA standard is the same used for the Verizon Academic All-America award and is higher than the standard used by many other Division I conferences.

Among George Mason’s honorees were six student-athletes who compiled a 4.000 GPA during either the fall or spring semester. They are Ashley Craw (swimming and diving) and Danielle Free (soccer) for both semesters; Jeannine Ohler (lacrosse) and Richard Walker (track) for the fall 2001 semester; and Rob Klug (soccer) and Jill Pearson (volleyball) for the spring 2002 semester.

“We are very pleased to be able to recognize a record number of deserving men and women as CAA Scholar-Athletes,” said CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager. “To achieve a 3.200 grade point average while also meeting the demands associated with competing in a sport at the Division I level is an outstanding accomplishment. It is yet another example of the unwavering commitment from our institutions and student-athletes to achieve excellence in the areas of academics and athletics.”

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