June 18, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina's 41 student-athletes who earned spots on the Academic All-Southern Conference Team for the 2014 spring season were the most out of the 11 member schools the league office announced Wednesday.
Elon was right behind the Catamounts with 40 selections, and Samford was third with 35. Appalachian State (33), Chattanooga (33) and Wofford (31) also eclipsed 30 selections.
The 312 student-athletes, the most in the SoCon in the spring since the standard was raised from a 3.2 GPA prior to the 2011-12 season, represent all 11 SoCon institutions which honored student-athletes from the sports of baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's and women's outdoor track and field.
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.
WCU had 31 student-athletes honored in the fall semester with 19 more recognized from the winter sports. All told, WCU had 91 student-athletes recognized by the SoCon in 2013-14.
The league's 11 women's outdoor track and field teams provided the most academic all-conference members with 95, up 14 from last season, followed by men's outdoor track and field with 49 and baseball with 46.