SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina's 36 student-athletes who earned spots on the Academic All-Southern Conference Team for the 2015 spring season were the third-most out of the 10-member schools the league office announced Friday.
ETSU led the way with 45 total selections, Furman was second with 38 total selections, followed closely by Western Carolina with 36 and Chattanooga with 35. A total of 301 student-athletes earned spots on the Spring 2015 Academic All-Southern Conference Team.
To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average entering the spring season and were required to compete in at least 50 percent of their teams' competitions during the recently concluded spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.
The SoCon's total of 802 student-athletes honored during the 2013-14 academic year, including the fall (331) and winter (159) academic all-conference teams, is the second-highest in league history, trailing only the 862 honored in 2010-11, the final year at the 3.2 minimum GPA. In addition, SoCon student athletes combined to post 44 perfect GPAs in 2013-14, a league record. The league included 12 schools from 2008 to 2013.
Western Carolina had one student-athlete honored with perfect 4.0 GPA in women's outdoor track & field's Laney Browder.
For the year, WCU had 28 student-athletes honored in the fall semester with 26 more recognized from the winter sports. All told, WCU had 90 student-athletes recognized by the SoCon in 2014-15.
The league's 10 women's outdoor track and field programs provided the most academic all-conference members with 70, followed by men's outdoor track and field (nine programs) with 48 and men's lacrosse (seven programs) with 39.