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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Making the grade

Tonight is a chance to emphasize the student part of UConn's student-athletes as all the Huskies competing who attained at least a 3.0 GPA in either the spring or fall semester will be honored at halftime of tonight's game against Marquette.

Leading the way will be the 19 Huskies who had a 4.0 average.Headlining the list is Kelly Faris, who accomplished the feat during the spring semester. Closer to New Haven are two other impressive scholar-athletes as Old Saybrook's Alexis Henry, a freshman on the women's swimming team, and North Haven's Istvan Kanyo, a redshirt freshman on the men's soccer squad, also had a 4.0 GPA.

There must be something in the water or perhaps the school system in Weston since two of the 19 students with 4.0 averages hail from Weston.

From a team standpoint, the men's cross country program had the highest GPA with a 3.503 team GPA as every member of the team has a 3.0 GPA or higher while the women's swimming team features four of the 19 student-athletes to hit the magical 4.0 mark.

Attaining a 4.0 was something special for Faris especially since she had one class where it was hit or miss whether she was get an A in,

"When I found out I got it, I was pretty happy," Faris said. "That is my goal so I am glad it actually came true.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself and it leads to a stressful life but that is OK, that is kind of where I work best is where I am under pressure and it is nice to see all of that paid off."

Stefanie Dolson, Caroline Doty, Kiah Stokes and Heather Buck were also recognized for attaining at least a 3.0 during the halftime ceremony.

"It is cool to be honored for something like that because everybody has these notions that  athletes don't do well in school," Dolson said. "That is something we focus on here in Connecticut, all athletes doing well in school. We get a lot of help from Ellen (Tripp, UConn's academic counselor), our tutors and everybody is here to support us with our academics."



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