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Western Places 20 Athletes on the TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference Team

May 14, 2004

Cullowhee, N.C - Western Carolina University placed 20 athletes on the TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference teams for the spring 2004,the Southern Conference announced today.

A total of 235 students from around the league were named Academic All-Conference.

The 235 student-athletes averaged a 3.518 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Forty-eight percent (113 of 235) had a 3.5 or better.

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 spring.

This is the second year that the Southern Conference has named an All-Academic Team by season. The All-Academic teams are made possible by a grant from the Southern Conference's Education Partner, TIAA-CREF.

TIAA-CREF, with over $290 billion in assets under management, is a Fortune 100 company and a diversified national financial services organization, including the premier retirement system for higher education and research employees. Further information can be found at

Jeremy Ellenburg
Todd Roper

Men's Golf: Tim Eckberg Matt Flueckiger Blake Wray

Women's Golf: Brandy Andersen Ashley Hovda

Women's Tennis: Kristin Cotton Erin Johnson Kristin Munn Rocio Perez

Men's Track and Field: Jason Step

Women's Track and Field: Tonya Edmonds Melanie Cooper Sara Komsinski Deanna Kulesz Tiffany Mack Leslie Martin Alissa Short Laura Tieszen