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UK athletes post sixth straight semester with GPA over 3.0

For the sixth semester in a row and seventh time in eight semesters, University of Kentucky athletes have achieved a 3.0 department-wide grade-point average, the school said Thursday.

Scholarship Wildcats had a cumulative grade-point average of 3.075 for the spring semester of 2015.

"Success in the classroom remains an important part of our mission to develop our students in all facets of life," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a news release. "I want to congratulate our students for their work in the classroom this semester and for the way they manage the demanding schedules that come with competing at the highest level of collegiate athletics."

Fifteen of UK's 20 teams reached the 3.0 threshold. The women's tennis team, which reached the NCAA Tournament this month, led all teams with a 3.591 GPA and was closely followed by volleyball (3.563), women's swimming and diving (3.516), and women's cross country (3.509). Men's soccer led all men's teams with a 3.371 GPA.

"From coaches to our students to our staff, everyone has embraced our commitment to academics," Barnhart said. "I also want to say a special thank you to our CATS (Center for Academic and Tutorial Services) counselors and tutors for the amazing work they do in giving our student-athletes the tools they need to succeed."

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