April 30, 2009
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina had 23 student-athletes named to the 2008-09 Southern Conference Winter Academic All-Conference team released today by the conference office. The 160 student-athletes, which participated in men's and women's basketball, wrestling and men's and women's indoor track and field, averaged a 3.54 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Western Carolina placed a league-high 23 student-athletes on the list followed by Appalachian State's 21 and Chattanooga's 16. A total of 103 indoor track and field athletes were honored (45 men, 58 women), in addition to 39 from women's basketball.
The Track & Field squads led the Catamounts with 13 All-Conference selections, followed by a conference-leading eight from the women's basketball team, and two from the men's basketball team.
To be eligible for the SoCon's Academic All-Conference, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the winter season and must have competed in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the recently-concluded fall campaign.
Seventeen of Western's 23 honorees have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. The Catamounts have a combined total of 47 All-Conference team selections earning 24 in the fall season. Last year the Catamounts garnered a total of 70 Academic All-Conference team selections combined across the three seasons (25 in the fall, 11 in the winter and 34 in the spring).
This is the seventh year that the Southern Conference has named an All-Academic Team by season.
Jake Robinson, Jr.., Canton, N.C., 3.52 - Finance
Brigham Waginger, Jr.., South Webster, Ohio. 3.51 - Physical Education
Lauren Powell, Sr., Asheville, N.C., 3.86 - Nutrition & Dietetics
Kristen Feemster, Jr., Clover, S.C., 3.93 - Physiology
Kendra Eaton, Sr., Winston-Salem, N.C., 3.53 - Sports Management
Kendra Carroll, So., Paintsville, Ky., 3.30 - Anthropology
Jessica Jackson, Sr., Roswell, Ga., 3.42 - Marketing
Brooke Johnson, Sr., Seymour, Tenn., 3.90 - Criminal Justice
Heather Swayne, Jr., Raleigh, N.C, 3.90 - Sports Management
Emily Clarke, So., Snellville, Ga, 3.55 - Physiology
Women's Indoor Track:
Jordan Gaddy, Jr., Candler, N.C., 3.92 - Pre-Nursing
Kassie McKie, So., Rapid City, S.D., 3.74 - Pre-Business
Shalyn McMichael, Jr., Elgin, S.C., 3.56 - Athletic Training
Leah Nicholson, Sr., Hendersonville, N.C., 3.95 - Nutrition & Dietetics
Jessie Wilson, Sr., Conyers, Ga., 3.47 - Criminal Justice
Danielle Shaurette, Sr., Buford, Ga., 3.94 - Interior Design
Men's Indoor Track:
Jake Clawson, Jr., Morganton, N.C., 3.41 - Social Sciences
David Gift, Sr., Warrensville, N.C., 3.69 - Science Education
Matt Evans, So., Old Fort, N.C., 3.62 - Physical Education
Stephen Hammond, Jr., Midlothian, Va., 3.21 - Physical Education
Jestin Jennings, Jr., High Point, N.C., 3.68 - Social Work
Kevin Johnson, Sr., Marion, N.C., 3.33 - Sport Management
Sean Reardon, Jr., Weaverville, N.C., 3.75 - Electrical Engineering