Teams honored by NCAA for academic achievement

Tess Ehrhardt

Tess Ehrhardt was among four Flames named to the Horizon League’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.

UIC student athletes were winners in the classroom this year.

Three teams were honored by the NCAA for academic excellence and the Flames’ overall GPA of 3.08 for spring semester set a record for UIC athletics.

The three teams — women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field, and women’s outdoor track and field — received the NCAA Public Recognition Award. The teams were in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport for 2013-14 academic progress rates, which track student athletes on scholarship for eligibility, retention and graduation.

The women’s cross country program, which finished spring semester with a 3.41 total GPA, was honored as an All-Academic squad by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Tess Ehrhardt, who graduated this month with a bachelor’s in movement sciences and communication, was named to the association’s All-Academic Team.

Lizzie Deutsch (3.73 GPA), Ehrhardt (3.62 GPA), Lauren Lindholm (3.29 GPA) and Emma Preston (3.69 GPA) were named to the Horizon League Fall Academic Honor Roll. Ehrhardt earned Fall Academic All-League recognition two years in a row and Winter Academic All-League honors for three consecutive years.

Thirty-seven UIC student-athletes had a 4.0 GPA, surpassing the previous record of 33 in fall 2014. Eighteen of UIC’s 20 teams had at least a 2.85 GPA, with 10 teams over 3.0. A total of 178 student athletes, or 58 percent, made UIC’s honor roll.