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Nineteen WCU Student-Athletes Named to TIAA-CREF Academic All-SoCon Fall Team

Jan. 5, 2004

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Southern Conference has announced its TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference teams for the fall semester of 2003. A total of 241 student-athletes, representing all 12 Southern Conference institutions, were named to the team with 19 student-athletes representing Western Carolina on that list.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have competed in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the fall. The 241 student-athletes averaged a 3.54 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Representing the Catamount football team on the first ever fall list are Brian Pesci, Chris Vought and Jason Whaley. From the women's cross country team are Melanie Cooper, Tonya Edmonds, Deanna Kulesz, Alissa Short and Tammy Ulander. Representing the women's soccer squad are Megan Chambers, Casey Davis, Jordan Howell, Natasha Moore, Marie Nicolini, Emily Pierce and Natalie Turgeon. Finally, from the volleyball team are Michelle Gorton, Sara Komosinski, Stefanie Peters and Layna Stoetzel.

This is the second year that the Southern Conference has named an All-Academic Team by season. The program started with winter sports All-Academic teams in basketball, wrestling and indoor track. The All-Academic teams are made possible by a grant from the Southern Conference's Education Partner, TIAA-CREF.