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Sports briefs: UNI athletes excel in classroom
SPORTS BRIEFS

Sports briefs: UNI athletes excel in classroom

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College

  • University of Northern Iowa athletes recorded a department-wide 3.54 GPA for the spring semester, the strongest academic showing since the department started recording grade point averages.

Each UNI team finished the semester with a 3.29 GPA or higher and 11 of UNI’s 15 teams recorded a semester GPA over 3.50. Women’s swimming led the way with a 3.82 GPA, followed by women’s cross country at 3.81 and women’s tennis at 3.79.

  • The Missouri Valley Conference has announced its championship sites for 2020-21.

Originally scheduled hosts for 2020 championships in men’s golf, softball, women’s tennis and baseball will host those respective events in the spring. Illinois State will host the fall MVC volleyball championship. The soccer tournament will be hosted by highest seeds.

Basketball

  • Former University of Iowa basketball player Ben McGilmer has died at the age of 74. McGilmer and his teammates won the 1970 Big Ten Championship, winning all 14 games.

McGilmer’s academic and athletic career came to an abrupt halt when we was drafted into the U.S. Army after his sophomore year. He returned to Iowa City and averaged 10.3 points per game on Ralph Miller’s 1970 team that won 17 of its last 18 games.

McGilmer averaged 13.5 points in 1969 and 10.8 points as a sophomore. He played professionally overseas in Europe following his collegiate career.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben McGilmer’s family,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said. “Not only was Ben a leader on Iowa’s only undefeated Big Ten Championship team, but he served his country in the middle of his eligibility.”

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