Maria Hickman leads the way for Gamecock Academics

When preparation meets opportunity, anything can happen. Not only on game day, but in academics as well.

Student-athletes at the University of South Carolina recently set a departmental GPA record by earning a 3.278 for spring 2016. It marked the 19th-consecutive semester in which the student-athletes have combined for a GPA above a 3.0.

Two teams earned their highest GPA to date — Women’s Swimming & Diving (3.733) and Women’s Soccer (3.637). Women’s Swimming & Diving also earned bragging rights by being the GPA leader for teams in the department. Baseball (3.186) earned its highest team GPA in season, while Women’s Golf (3.717) recorded its third consecutive semester with the team GPA above a 3.7. Fifteen of the eighteen teams earned a 3.0 or better GPA.

The department named 78 student-athletes to the President’s List, 179 to the Dean’s List, and 386 to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.0). Seventy-six student-athletes received their diplomas, with an additional 10 on track to graduate in August. Students also completed a record setting 11,153 hours of community service during the academic year.

“Our students work very hard in the classroom to achieve their goals and as a result the department has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success,” said Maria Hickman, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Student Development. “We have a great staff in the Dodie Academic Enrichment Center that contributes to this success.”