The Saddleback College athletic department is pleased to announce that 165 of the college's 356 student-athletes have been named to the Athletic Honor Roll after grades were posted for the Fall 2016 semester, including 25 student-athletes with a perfect 4.00 grade point average.
The 165 student-athletes on the honor roll this past fall represent over 46 percent of the student-athletes at Saddleback College this year. This is a four percent increase over the Fall 2015 term and the 165 student-athletes is the largest number to ever be included on the Athletic Honor Roll. In order to make the honor roll, student-athletes must have passed at least 12 units during the Fall 2016 semester with a 3.00 GPA or higher.
"The importance of our student-athletes achieving success in the classroom has really caught on; with the students, their parents, our coaches, and the staff on campus," said Saddleback College athletics director Tony Lipold. "This year's record number of students on the honor roll shows that we're taking academics seriously and our student-athletes are doing exceptional work in the classroom which leads to countless transfer opportunities."
In addition to the honor roll list, seven of the college's 10 fall semester athletic teams posted an overall team grade point average of 3.0 or higher and will be nominated for Orange Empire Conference and California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) scholar-team awards.
The men's basketball team posted its highest team GPA ever, leading all fall semester teams with a 3.37 GPA. Women's cross country (3.36) and men's cross country (3.21) each eclipsed the 3.0 mark for the third consecutive year. The women's volleyball team (3.17) surpassed the 3.0 mark for the first time in seven years. Women's soccer (3.14) has reached the target in three of the past four years while women's golf (3.13) surpassed the mark for the fourth straight year. Women's water polo (3.01) achieved scholar-team status for the sixth time in seven years.