Panthers record second highest GPA since award's inception
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference (LEC) announced the final standings for the 2019-20 LEC President's Cup and Plymouth State University finished tied for third place.
The Panthers combined for a 3.16 cumulative grade point average (GPA) among the 18 programs that compete in the LEC. Eastern Connecticut won the cup with a 3.20 GPA, while UMass Boston (3.17) eked out PSU, Castleton and Keene State, who were all tied for third. The 2019-20 academic year marked the first time every LEC member institution posted an average department GPA of at least 3.00.
The LEC President's Cup measures the highest average cumulative GPA among the student-athletes from the conference's nine primary member schools that compete in the league's 19 championship sports. Due to a variety of grading options considered among league members during the spring semester as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, cumulative GPAs were only calculated through the completion of the fall semester.
PSU's 3.16 combined cumulative GPA was its second highest since the cup was first awarded following the 2009-10 academic year, trailing just last year's 3.20. Plymouth State won the President's Cup with a 3.13 combined cumulative GPA in 2017-18. The Panthers have finished among the top three with at least a 3.00 for five straight years.
Fifteen of PSU's 18 programs that compete in the LEC achieved cumulative combined GPAs of at least 3.00, with eight topping a 3.20 and four at 3.40 or better. PSU softball led the way with a 3.58, while women's lacrosse (3.48), women's swimming & diving (3.42), women's outdoor track & field (3.40) and women's volleyball (3.39) rounded out the top five. The top performing men's program was the outdoor track & field team with a 3.16 cumulative GPA.
"I am so proud of our student-athletes and coaches for their hard work to maintain such a high standard of academic success," said Director of Athletics Kim Bownes. "The academic success of our student-athletes is the heart of the Division III philosophy. I also want to recognize the high achievements of our non-LEC sports that were not calculated in this overall GPA."
Eighteen of the 24 varsity sports offered at Plymouth State compete in the Little East; baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, women's swimming & diving, women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field and women's volleyball.
2019-20 LEC PRESIDENT'S CUP STANDINGS
|1.||Eastern Connecticut State||3.20|
|7.||Western Connecticut State||3.07|
|9.||Rhode Island College||3.01|
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