Skillman, New Jersey - The Gustavus Adolphus men’s tennis team was one of 48 teams in NCAA Division III to be honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as an All-Academic Team in 2012. To go along with the team bringing home All-Academic recognition, the Gusties had five individuals receive Scholar-Athlete distinction, including Patrick Clark (Sr., Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Bradley Entwistle (Fr., Sioux Falls, S.D.), Bryan Miles (So., Wausau, Wis.), Rodrigo Otero (Jr., Fargo, N.D.), and Brooks Stapleton (Sr., St. Louis Park, Minn.).
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2011 and spring 2012).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).
Gustavus is one of three schools from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) to garner an All-Academic Team award from the ITA this season, joining Carleton College and St. Olaf College. A total of 17 tennis players from the MIAC earned ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.