Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
TACOMA, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University athletic department welcomes fall student-athletes back to campus on Friday after having a banner year in the classroom, in the community, and on the field of play during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Lutes won three Northwest Conference titles during the year, volunteered over 3,000 hours in the local community, while all 19 programs maintained a grade point average above a 3.00.
In the classroom, all 19 athletic programs achieved a grade point average above a 3.00 with the department boasting a 3.29 GPA for the spring semester and a 3.28 cumulative GPA. Women's swimming led the way with a 3.57 semester GPA and a 3.60 overall GPA while women's basketball boasted a 3.55 semester GPA. All told, eight of the 19 programs owned a semester GPA above a 3.40. Of the 410 Lute student-athletes, 304 (74.1 percent) achieved a GPA above a 3.00, while 40 achieved a perfect 4.00 during the semester. PLU's academic success included 145 Lutes earning the Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete Award while Brandon Lester (men's basketball), Takara Mitsui (women's soccer), and Sydney Otey (women's rowing) all earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors including Mitsui and Otey both securing Academic All-American laurels.
In addition to success in the classroom the Lutes make a huge impact in the local community with several service projects throughout the academic year. PLU athletic teams combined to volunteer over 3,000 hours in the local community, including 734 of those hours working with Special Olympics, assisting with bowling, football, basketball, soccer, and swimming events held throughout the year.
Not to be overlooked is the Lutes success on the field of play, securing three Northwest Conference titles, hoisting the crown in women's soccer, men's golf, and women's rowing, while finishing second in the NWC All-Sports Trophy standings.
The Lutes kickoff the 2017-2018 academic year on Sept. 1 with men's and women's soccer and volleyball all beginning their seasons on the road. Men's and women's cross country opens the year on Sept. 2 while football kicks off the season in California on Sept. 9.