OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — A dozen NYIT student-athletes scored perfect GPAs during the spring semester.
Women's soccer led the way with five student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs: Elise Brune, Felicia Mulholland, Malu Ribeiro, Dina Simonian and Astasia Williams-Bertles.
The tennis programs combined for five perfect GPAs as well: Kaitlyn Byrnes, Lena Dimmer and Ann-Kathrin Zilles with the women and Jean Kehyayan and Matej Selecky with the men.
Baseball's Nick Tedesco and softball's Kylie Lacerte rounded out the distinguished dozen.
The tennis teams actually had remarkable seasons on the court and in the classroom.
Both tennis squads reached the NCAA Championships. And they posted the top two GPAs among NYIT's 13 teams for the spring semester — the men producing a combined 3.76, the women producing a 3.74.
Meanwhile, Brune actually produced a 4.0 GPA for her entire three-year academic career at NYIT. A native of Vaxholm, Sweden, she graduated last month with a psychology degree after starting all 16 matches for the Bears last fall.
Dimmer and Mulholland also had 4.0 GPAs during their NYIT tenures, which both spanned two years.
Simonian tallied 20 points (eight goals, four assists) as a senior last season with women's soccer and was selected second-team All-East Region by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.
Muholland represented NYIT at the inaugural NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Super Region Convention in Washington.
Williams-Bertles appeared in 14 matches, tallying two goals and three assists in her lone season with the Bears. She began her collegiate career at Dowling College, which ceased operations after the 2015-16 academic year. She then moved to Lander University in her native South Carolina before joining NYIT for a final collegiate season.
Ribeiro, a Brazilian who just completed her freshman year, walked on at NYIT.
As for the tennis qualifiers, Dimmer departs NYIT as one of the most decorated women's players in program history. A two-time East Coast Conference Player of the Year, she won regional singles and doubles titles as a senior and teamed with Alessia Rossetti to come within one win of a national doubles title at the ITA Oracle Cup in October. Dimmer, a native of Luxembourg, graduated last month and remains in New York to work in the finance industry.
Zilles joined NYIT for the spring season after previously competing at the junior-college level.
Byrnes, a freshman, made her NYIT debut last Sept. 5 at Wilmington (Del.) and primarily competed at fourth singles.
Like Dimmer, Selecky graduated last month as a two-time ECC Player of the Year. He too won a regional singles title as a senior.
Kehyayan won his first career match by teaming with Rares Ispas at third doubles to defeat Franklin Pierce's Marcus Lawrence and Matthew Toombs, 8-4, back on Oct. 4
Tedesco is majoring in interdisciplinary studies and minoring in communications. He appeared in 19 baseball games this past season, hitting .264 (14-for-53) with five RBIs.
Lacerte, a freshman catcher majoring in physician assistant studies, hit .265 (27-for-102) with one homer and 16 RBIs in 35 games (34 starts) for the softball team.