Thursday, February 11, 2010

5 Seawolves on WCHA Scholar-Athlete List

Left to Right/Top to Bottom: Nils Backstrom, Jon Olthuis, Josh Lunden, Jared Tuton, Dusan Sidor

The UAA website announced today that 5 UAA Seawolves of a league-wide total of 39 were named to the men's WCHA Scholar-Athlete list for 2009/10 season.  Repeat honorees Nils Backstrom and Jon Olthuis led the list for UAA with Josh Lunden, Dusan Sidor and Jared Tuton receiving the recognition for their first time.  This was goaltender Jon Olthuis' third such recognition.

To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters or may qualify if his overall GPA is at least 3.5 for all terms at his present institution.
The Seawolves website notes that all 5 will be recognized publicly on-ice with a plaque commemorating the accomplishment on Friday March 5th at the Sullivan Arena.  Congratulations to all 5 of these outstanding young men for maintaining such high grades while practicing and playing Division 1 hockey with nearly unrivaled travel schedule.

The Seawolves team travels around 50,000 air-miles during a typical season as compared with less than 10,000 on average for other teams.  The UAA trips generally include staying in the lower-48 for 11 or 12 days during consecutive road-trip games at least once per season.  Along with UAF, no other teams in the nation faces such daunting travel challenges.  The combination of such a rigorous travel schedule combined with a standard course-load makes such an accomplishment especially dramatic.  Congratulations to all five honorees for their scholarly discipline off the ice.  You make us all proud.

Other WCHA schools ...
UM(0), UW(1), MTU(2), UMD(4), MSU(4), CC(4), UND(5), SCSU(6), DU(8).


Anonymous said...

Does not surprise me that Minnesota has zero! Maturi is a joke.

Congrats to all the UAA players for this accomplishment! Truly impressive.

Donald Dunlop said...

I'll defend UM and UW's totals here by saying that they are Big Ten schools. There is a pretense involved there in that Big Ten professors are no doubt pressured to give fewer A's.

On the flip side, DU should lead this category every year ... when one pays that ridiculous tuition you're getting an A unless you're a total fuck up.

Anonymous said...

I took summer school at the UM and it was the toughest scoring I have ever had. DU? I heard they take one class at a time for like a month or so and I believe that lets them focus only that one subject. Hell, I think that would make it much easier to get a good score.

Runninwiththedogs said...

Anonymous, I think that's CC.

vizoroo said...

According to US News & World Report's ranking of the top Universities in the US, only 3 WCHA scools make the top 100--#39 Wisconsin, #61 Minnesota and #84 University of Denver.
DU is a private university and high tuition can be expected when the state does not fund the school.

And yes, RWD is correct. CC is on the strange "block" system and the Princeton Review rates them in the top 5--for marijuana usage--:-)

Anonymous said...

Still, Maturi and Lucia allow hockey players to play with VERY low GPA's. Not very high standards.

akhockeyfanatic said...

Congratulations to all five of our players! They all can kick butt on the ice and in the classroom.

I hope every Seawolf enjoys his Valentine wknd off.


Suze said...

So far so good. The Rodents and Purple Cow lost tonight, so now we only have 3 games in hand on them.

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