6-time NCAA All-American Eric Knowles of NC State has the highest GPA of any athlete competing at this week's NCAA Championship meet. Archive photo via NC State Athletics. NC State 5th year Eric Knowles was named the 2022 Elite 90 Award winner for NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming & Diving. Knowles has a 4.0 cumulative GPA studying Materials Science. As a graduate student, he would have the tie-breaker on credits completed over any other 4.0 GPAs in attendance.