Bethany athletic teams win academic honors

By Steve Sell
August 13, 2014

LINDSBORG — Bethany College won the athletic brain race in the KCAC this past year.

The Swedes had the KCAC’s top grade point average in four spots, the most of any school.

Bethany teams with the highest grade point average were men’s golf, women’s outdoor track and field, softball and volleyball.

"It is exciting that our student-athletes had so much success in the classroom during the last academic year," Bethany Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "We are proud of these teams' accomplishments on the playing field, and their academic success exemplifies how our student-athletes are embodying the Department of Athletics mission."

The women's outdoor track and field team propelled the Swedes with a team grade point average of 3.620. Softball posted a 3.513 team GPA, followed by volleyball at 3.500 and men's golf at 3.420.

The All-Academic team award is a new award for the conference this year, started by conference Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs) to recognize the most academically successful teams.

To be eligible, the cumulative grade point average for student-athletes whose names appear on a team's participation list must be a minimum of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.

All of the 2013-2014 All-KCAC Academic teams have a grade point average higher than a 3.000.

The highest team grade point average was a 3.791 by the Ottawa University women's golf team. Tabor College women's cross country was a close second at 3.702.