Softball Posts Top-10 GPA in Division 1; 15 Named All-America Scholar Athletes

Softball Posts Top-10 GPA in Division 1; 15 Named All-America Scholar Athletes

Harvard softball posted the top GPA in the Ivy League and eighth-best in the nation last season (Gil Talbot).

NFCA Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Harvard softball team was recognized Wednesday as one of the Top-10 Academic Teams in NCAA Division I, posting the eighth-highest GPA nationally, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced today.

Last season, the Crimson posted a 3.590 GPA over the fall and spring semester of 2015-16, the highest mark of any school in the Ivy League.Grand Canyon University topped the Division I ranks at 3.670, with Nebraska Omaha (3.643), Saint Louis (3.641), Southern Illinois (3.619), and Western Carolina (3.607) filling the top five spots.

Harvard's accomplishment stands out in the Ivy League, as the Crimson joined Yale (40th) as the only conference institutions among the top-50 in the nation in team GPA.

In addition, 15 student-athletes from the 2015-16 team were honored as NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes for earning GPAs of at least 3.5 last year. Harvard's 15 selections match last year's number as the most the Crimson have had in recent years. Harvard outpaced the Ivy League with Columbia having nine selections as the second-highest Ancient Eight school on the list.

To be selected as an NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete, a student-athlete must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher for that academic year.Nationally, over 5,000 players from the high school through the NCAA Division I level earned the recognition, with over 1,200 of those coming from Division I, the most of any division. 

Below is the complete list of all 15 Crimson that received the honor.

Alexa Altchek, Savannah Bradley, Catherine Callaway, Haley Davis, Kathleen Duncan, Zoe Galindo, Morgan Groom, Lindsey Hagberg, Rachel Halperin, Maddy Kaplan, Melissa Lacro, Jillian Leslie, Giana Panariello, Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, and Elizabeth Shively.