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League-Best 31 Western Carolina Student-Athletes Named to SoCon's TIAA-CREF Spring Academic All-Conference Team

June 12, 2007

2007 SoCon TIAA-CREF Spring All-Conference
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Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina landed a league-best 31 student-athletes on the Southern Conference's TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference teams for the 2007 spring season announced today by the conference office. A total of 207 student-athletes representing all 11 SoCon institutions and eight spring sports were named to the team.

Western's 31 honorees were six more than the Catamounts had a year ago (25 in 2006) and were followed this season by Appalachian State with 29 and Furman with 25. The 207 student-athletes averaged a 3.55 grade point average on a 4.0 scale with over half holding a GPA of 3.5 or above.

By sport conference-wide, the women's outdoor track and field teams landed 61 student-athletes on the team collectively, with baseball and softball each adding 31.

Western had 10 members of its women's outdoor track & field team selected, with both the SoCon regular season co-champion and NCAA regional finalist Catamount baseball team and SoCon champion men's outdoor track & field squad tallying six apiece. The softball team had four honored with women's tennis garnering three and the SoCon champion women's golf team tallying a pair to round out the 31 honorees.

Twenty WCU student-athletes boasted GPA's of 3.5 or higher with 12 also garnering All-Southern Conference accolades in their respective sports.

This is the fourth 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. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the spring of 2007 and have competed in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the spring season.

Between the three seasons in which academic accolades are handed out by the SoCon office - fall, winter and spring - Western Carolina boasted a league-high 72 Academic All-Conference team selections including 21 in the fall, 20 in the winter and 31 this spring.

Catamounts on the 2007 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference Teams

Baseball - 6
Tyler Sexton, Jr., High Point, N.C., 3.98 - Sport Management
Corey Martin, So., Yadkinville, N.C., 3.82 - Physical Education
Brock Thornburg, Sr., Hickory, N.C., 3.79 - Entrepreneurship
Tyler Johnson, Sr., Lynnwood, Wash., 3.47 - Business Administration & Law
Greg Holland, Jr., Marion, N.C., 3.39 - Natural Resources Management *
Andrew Larrimore, Jr., Kernersville, N.C., 3.35 - Natural Resources Management

Men's Outdoor Track & Field - 6
David Gift, So., Warrensville, N.C., 3.91 - Science Education/Biology *
Logan James, So., Jefferson, Ga., 3.69 - Physical Education
Ogden Hansford, So., Mooresville, N.C., 3.65 - Entrepreneurship
Kevin Johnson, So., Marion, N.C., 3.53 - Sport Management *
David Bowles, Jr. Mooresville, N.C., 3.41 - Business Administration & Law *
Matt Harlfinger, Sr., Fayetteville, Ga., 3.34 - Sport Management *

Softball - 4
Mollie Fowler, So., King, N.C., 3.84 - Elementary Education
Beth Hauser, So., Mount Airy, N.C., 3.77 - Art
Heather Pritchard, So., Hudson, N.C., 3.55 - Management
Stephanie Beatty, So., Midland, N.C., 3.55 - Nursing *

Women's Golf - 2
Malin Fryk, Jr., Trollhattan, Sweden, 3.77 - Sport Management *
Bianca Melone, Sr., Orlando, Fla., 3.65 - International Business *

Women's Outdoor Track & Field - 10
Melissa Berry, Jr., Matthews, N.C., 3.91 - Sport Management
Lynsie Lamitie, Sr., Lacey Springs, Ala., 3.80 - Comprehensive Education/English - Grad Student *
Sharhonda Bell, Sr., Charlotte, N.C., 3.71 - Biology
Deanna Kulesz, Sr., Oak Ridge, Tenn., 3.62 - Comprehensive Education/Reading - Grad Student *
Melissa Cabe, Jr., Fletcher, N.C., 3.60 - Sport Management
Rachel Karriker, So., Salisbury, N.C., 3.40 - Elementary Education
Aneesha Lane, So., Peachtree City, Ga., 3.37 - Psychology
Michaela Hall, Jr., Greeley, Colo., 3.33 - Environmental Health
Kerrie Savery, Jr., Palm Harbor, Fla., 3.30 - Biology *
Raquel Ramseur, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., 3.22 - Marketing *

Women's Tennis - 3
Susanna Sjokvist, Jr., Gustafs, Sweden, 3.91 - Finance
Trish Hanson, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga., 3.72 - Communication
Mariona Trilla Jane, Jr., Barcelona, Spain, 3.33 - Sociology

* - denotes also named All-Southern Conference in their respective sport