2010-11 Academic Achievement
North Texas student-athletes continued their academic success in the classroom during the 2010-11 school year.
North Texas diver Delia Covo was honored by the Sun Belt Conference as the 2011 winner of the league's Female Sporting Behavior Award. The Sun Belt gives its Sporting Behavior Award to the athlete who most typifies outstanding leadership and achievement in the classroom, on the field of play and in the community. The Mean Green's Brittani Youman received the award last year.
Covo is one of the Mean Green's leading competitors in the pool, becoming one of the three divers who qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Meet, a competition no North Texas diver had qualified for since 2003. Covo holds the school record in the three-meter diving contest and finished third in the Sun Belt Conference in that event.
Out of the pool, Covo has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since 2008, has helped tutor other student athletes and served as a TA for a freshman lecture, all while remaining an honor roll student with a Pre-Med major. She has volunteered for the Salvation Army, CANstruction Food Drive and Competition, and WFAA Santa's Helpers Toy Drive, among other activities.
Two North Texas teams earned perfect multiyear scores - a first in Mean Green history - and seven sports recorded their highest-ever marks on the APR report. The cross country and tennis squads earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for ranking among the top 10 percent of their sports.
Of the 21 NCAA Division I schools in the state of Texas, North Texas is one of just four schools to have multiple sports with perfect 1,000 multiyear scores (Rice, Texas and TCU). Middle Tennessee is the only other Sun Belt school to have multiple sports post a 1,000.
North Texas Academic Honors
North Texas honored 205 student-athletes for their academic achievements during the 2010 spring and fall semesters at halftime of one of the basketball games.
Students with GPA's of 3.00-3.49 were placed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, students with G.P.A's of 3.50-3.99 were on the Dean's List and students with a 4.00 G.P.A made the President's List. A student-athlete had to earn at least a G.P.A of 3.0 in one of the two semesters to make the honor roll.
The Mean Green swimming and diving team held the highest cumulative team G.P.A during the 2010-11 school year (3.32) with 35 student-athletes earning at least a 3.0 GPA during one semester. Eight swimmers posted a 4.0 in at least one of the two semesters.
The tennis, volleyball, women's golf, soccer, softball and women's track and field teams all posted above a 3.0 grade point average during the past year. Twenty-three members of the soccer team were recognized, including seven student-athletes who posted a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. in either the fall or spring semesters.
Angela Dworschack and Craig Robertson were named the Male and Female Varsity Athlete of the Year at this year's University of North Honors Day.
Women's golf student-athletes Jacey Chun and Chaslyn Chrismer were honored by the National Golf Coaches Association by being named to the 2010-11 All-American Scholar Team. It's the first time that the two student-athletes have made the list. The Mean Green golf team posted the fourth-highest GPA out of all the sports teams at North Texas for the 2010-11 school year.
North Texas volleyball was named one of 91 Division I teams to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award for its efforts during the 2010-11 school year. This is the first time Mean Green volleyball has received the award in school history.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Only three other Sun Belt teams, Arkansas State, UALR and Western Kentucky, received the award.
Softball student-athlete Mallory Cantler was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Second Team All-District team for the third straight year. Cantler received her bachelor's degree in three years and is working towards her MBA.
North Texas women's soccer team was recognized for its off-field accomplishments by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as one of the recipients for the 2010 NSCAA Team Academic Award. The Mean Green, who posted a 3.30 team GPA this past spring have now earned at least a 3.0 team GPA three years in a row. Additionally, the women's soccer team's APR (Academic Progress Report) has been ranked in the top 10 percent nationally three out of the last four years.
North Texas Goalkeeper Mandy Hall was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One All-District Team. Hall has a 3.78 GPA as a history major. She has been named to the Sun Belt Commissioner's List three times for her academic performance while at North Texas. Hall also received Rose received the Gayle and Virgil Strange Award, which honors the North Texas senior with the highest grade point average among all teams.
North Texas held the fifth annual Mean Green Student-Athlete Scholars Banquet this past May. Thirty-nine student athletes, not including freshman, were invited to attend.
Each of the student-athletes fell into one of three categories based on their current grade point average- Platinum, Gold and Silver. Athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average for their team were given the Green Eagle Award.
The Mean Green swimming team led the way with 10 representatives, including Kelly Gordon, who posted a 4.0 GPA.