Pacific student-athletes excelled in classroom during spring semester

Thomas O'rourke

The golf team had the highest team GPA during the spring semester. Pictured: Men's golf team member Thomas O'Rourke who also won the Pacific Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit competition with two other colleagues.

University of the Pacific student athletes achieved a 3.28 grade-point average in the spring, marking the 14th consecutive semester that they have eclipsed the 3.0 mark.

Coupled with a 3.31 GPA from the fall semester, Pacific student-athletes had an exceptional academic year. 

“We pride ourselves on creating an environment where our student-athletes can choose to thrive academically, athletically and personally,” said Director of Athletics Janet Lucas. “This outstanding group keeps raising the bar. With more than graduates this year, an NCAA Elite 90 award winner [water polo’s Liam Egan ’23] and six Powell Scholars, we are very proud of the achievements.”

Men’s golf had the highest team GPA at 3.674, sweeping the top mark among teams for the school year. The golf team had a 3.725 GPA in the fall. Nine of the 10 members of the golf team earned Dean’s List honors with a semester GPA of 3.50 or better. Four golfers recorded 4.00 GPAs. 

In addition to their golf exploits, Haakon Mathiesen helped run the Student Investment Fund at the Eberhardt School of Business and Thomas O’Rourke won the Pacific Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit.

O’Rourke and two colleagues impressed the judges with their winning entry in the PIES competition, where the challenge was to create something to help people who suffer from illness or disability.

“We innovated a glove that makes it easier for people with arthritis to pick things up without suffering pain,” he said. “We called it the Magni-Glove. We took it before a panel of judges and were honored.”

Head Coach John Cook said he is proud of his team’s efforts on and off the course.

“We are extremely proud of the team’s hard work in the classroom and on the golf course,” he said. “It’s rewarding to see them be successful in their projects and exams. At Pacific, student-athletes have opportunities to do amazing things on and off the golf course.”

Men’s tennis recorded the second-best team mark at 3.562, followed closely by women’s basketball at 3.561. Sixteen of the 17 sport programs had team GPAs of greater than 3.00. 

A total of 118 undergraduate student-athletes, or 45% of the eligible student-athletes, earned Dean’s List honors. Softball led the way with 13, followed by 12 in women’s soccer, 10 each in women’s swimming and beach volleyball, and 10 in baseball. 

Forty-one student-athletes earned a 4.00 GPA in the spring semester, led by women’s soccer with six.