IRVINE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii's athletics program set a new conference record with a 3.44 GPA to earn the 2015-16 PacWest Academic Achievement Award, announced by the conference office on Thursday.
Six-time defending champion Dominican finished second despite matching its previous conference record of 3.41, the Penguins' third straight year over a 3.4 GPA.
"We are extremely proud of our student-athletes at BYU-Hawaii for their efforts in the classroom and on the field of competition," BYU-Hawaii Athletic Director Brad Jones said. "This award is a special tribute to their hard work and dedication especially considering the fine academic institutions that comprise the PacWest Conference"
BYU-Hawaii won the PacWest Academic Achievement Award for the second time, making the Seasiders just the second multiple recipient in conference history. After winning in 2008-09, BYUH finished in the top-three in the conference the following six seasons before regaining the title this year.
"I'm amazed and gratified to see the outstanding quality of academic work put forth by our PacWest student-athletes," PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue said. "For our conference student-athletes to rise up and combine for a 3.16 grade point average, the highest in the history of the award, shows their continued determination to be the very best in the classroom, as well as in competition and in the community. This is yet another example of the quality of our member schools in the PacWest."
California Baptist (3.28), Point Loma (3.27) and Hawai'i Pacific (3.18) rounded out the top-five. The 14 member institutions of the PacWest combined to set a new conference record with a 3.16 GPA, the third-consecutive season the conference set a new high overall mark. Every school was above a 2.9 GPA, including a record 12 with at least a 3.0.
"This is yet another historic milestone for the PacWest," Hogue said. "We congratulate BYU-Hawaii for their conference-leading and record-setting 3.44 grade point average, evidence of the Seasiders outstanding commitment to academic excellence."