Every Pirate Woman Earns ITA Academic Honors

Every Pirate Woman Earns ITA Academic Honors

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University women's tennis team achieved a remarkable accomplishment in 2013 when every member of the squad earned recognition as an ITA Scholar-Athlete.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its 2013 All-Academic Teams and Scholar Athletes this week and the Pirate women earned the team award after all eight individuals made the Scholar-Athlete list.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year.

The Whitworth women had a stellar cumulative GPA of 3.71 in 2012-13.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

All eight Pirates received ITA Scholar-Athlete status:  Caylee Lamm (So., international studies and French); KC McConnell (Fr., undeclared); Morgan McDivitt (So., nursing); Saryn Mooney (So., health science); Taylor Peña (Fr., biology); Jessi Steele (Sr., health science); Annika Westre (Sr., mathematical economics); and Megan Wingfield (Sr., biology and Spanish).