BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Hartwick College women’s water polo players Emma Aleksandrovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia/Medicine School Zvezdara), Gina Grauer (So., West Lawn, Pa./Wilson), Elena Kotachyan (So., Moscow, Russia/Elk Island School #368), Sarah Lewis (Jr., La Jolla, Calif./Cathedral Catholic) and Victoria Wilson (So., Kitchener, Ontario/Grand River Collegiate Institute) are among 59 Hawks’ student-athletes named to the Fall 2017 Empire 8 Athletic Conference President’s List.
In addition, nine Hartwick athletic teams were also acknowledged as Empire 8 All-Academic Teams for registering grade-point averages of 3.2 or higher for the semester. The Hawks’ women’s tennis team topped the list with a team grade-point average of 3.63.
The institution’s women’s soccer (3.47), water polo (3.35), volleyball (3.32), field hockey (3.31), women’s lacrosse (3.30), men’s tennis (3.26), women’s cross country (3.26), and men’s soccer (3.25) teams were among the record 126 teams within the Empire 8 recognized with the award.
Recipients of this honor must earn a 3.75 grade point average or higher while participating in a conference-sponsored sport. In addition, the student-athlete must display positive conduct on and off campus and be enrolled full-time at the member institution. The conference states, “Its commitment to serve the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of the Empire 8.”
The Empire 8 recognized 796 student-athletes from its sponsored sports with the President’s List distinction.
Additionally, 126 teams were acknowledged as an Empire 8 All-Academic Team for registering a team grade point average of 3.2 or higher for the fall semester. The 126 teams mark the highest number of teams to earn the Academic honor in one semester, with the previous mark of 123 teams to achieve the 3.2 standard was sent in the spring of 2017.
The nine full-time conference members sponsored a total of 3,907 student-athletes who combined for an Empire 8 wide fall semester grade point average of 3.22. The 3.22 GPA is the second highest in the history of the honor, falling .01 hundredth behind the Spring 2017 mark of 3.23.