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Record number of Rams athletes earned Academic All-Canadian status last year

By Daniel Rocchi

Forty-eight Ryerson athletes earned Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS, now U Sports) Academic All-Canadian status in 2015-2016, doubling the school’s previous single-year record.

In order to qualify as a CIS Academic All-Canadian, a student-athlete must achieve an academic average of 80 per cent or better while playing on a varsity team. At Ryerson, which uses a 4.33 GPA system, athletes must have a GPA of 3.67 or better.

Ryerson set a single-year record for most Academic All-Canadians in 2012-2013, when 24 Rams earned the distinction. Ryerson had 22 Academic All-Canadians in 2014-2015.

In 2015, Ryerson’s department of athletics unveiled a five-year strategic plan that included among its goals a 50 per cent increase in the number of CIS Academic All-Canadians at Ryerson by 2020.

The student-athletes who earned Academic All-Canadian status were recognized at a breakfast at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Tuesday, along with other student-athletes that have merited academic distinction since the start of the last school year.

2015-2016 CIS Academic All-Canadian numbers by team:

Curling: 5
Cross Country: 11
Men’s Hockey: 3
Men’s Volleyball: 4
Men’s Soccer: 3
Women’s Basketball: 4
Women’s Hockey: 4
Women’s Soccer: 3
Women’s Volleyball: 9
Wrestling: 2

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