June 23, 2011
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference announced today its Academic All-Conference team for the 2011 spring season. Western Carolina and Appalachian State paced all league schools with 34 members on the academic all-conference team.
Closely behind was Furman with 31 student-athletes earning recognition along with 30 each from Samford and Wofford. A total of 326 student-athletes, a record number for the spring season, were named to the team.
In total, Western Carolina had 81 student-Athletes named to the 2010-11 Southern Conference Academic All-Conference teams for fall, winter and spring.
Among the 326 student-athletes were at least 20 representatives from each of the 12 SoCon institutions, participating in baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's outdoor track and field and men's and women's tennis. The group recorded a combined 3.57 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Thirteen student-athletes have maintained perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs, including Western Carolina's Morgan Turner Chattanooga's David Moore, Morgan Buchanan and Shelley Taylor, College of Charleston's Caroline Newman and Christin Newman, Elon's Virginia Mayer and Katelyn O'Dunne, Georgia Southern's Alessandra Dzuba, UNCG"s Ashley Schnell, Zach Reece, Alex Whitehead and Mikayla Rogers.
To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the spring season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their team's 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 women's outdoor track and field programs supplied the greatest number of honorees with 92, followed by baseball with 60 and men's outdoor track and field with 45.
Western Carolina Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference
Vance Chavis Jr. Laurinburg, N.C. Baseball 3.72 Engineering Technology
Preston Hatcher So. Atlanta, Ga. Baseball 3.70 Accounting
Cameron Dullnig Jr. San Antonio, Texas Baseball 3.57 Sport Management
Austin Schultz Sr. Alpharetta, Ga. Baseball 3.44 Political Science
Kyle Stewart Jr. Onalaska, Wisc. Baseball 3.30 Criminal Justice
Ross Heffley Jr. Snellville, Ga. Baseball 3.22 Electrical Engineering
Luke Burton So. Marion, N.C. Men's Outdoor Track & Field 3.99 Chemistry
Chase Fisher R-Fr. Concord, N.C. Men's Outdoor Track & Field 3.53 Health/Physical Education
Jamie Van Pelt Jr. Tampa, Fla. Men's Outdoor Track & Field 3.49 Political Science
Drew Tucker Sr. King, N.C. Men's Outdoor Track & Field 3.46 Business Administration/Law
Wayne Parker Jr. Gold Hill, N.C. Men's Outdoor Track & Field 3.46 Nursing
Garrett West So. China Grove, N.C. Men's Outdoor Track & Field 3.40 Biology
Haley Pace So. Canton, N.C. Softball 3.95 Biology
Katie King Jr. Richland, Wa. Softball 3.67 Management
Rebekah Burkett So. Asheville, N.C. Softball 3.53 Health/Physical Education
Malin Jansson So. Nykvarn, Sweden Women's Golf 3.85 Psychology
Rachel Nelson Jr. West Chester, Ohio Women's Golf 3.69 Nutrition / Dietetics
Blaire Minter Jr. Marietta, Ga. Women's Golf 3.58 Psychology
Josefine Sundh Sr. Kumla, Sweden Women's Golf 3.30 Interior Design
Morgan Turner So. Lincolnton, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 4.00 Physical Education
Alysse Childress So. Brevard, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.81 Recreational Therapy
Kassie McKie Sr. Rapid City, S.D. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.80 Business Administration/Law
Zakiyyah Stewart-Bryant Sr. Hickory, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.77 Sociology
Jordan Gaddy Sr. Candler, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.76 Nursing
Jettana Thomas Jr. High Point, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.70 Social Work
Nicole Okolo Sr. Lawrenceville, Ga. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.60 Sport Management
Valerie Parks So. Franklin, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.52 Criminal Justice
Brittany Powell So. Alpharetta, Ga. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.46 Accounting
Summer Hughes Jr. Bryson City, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.44 Nutrition / Dietetics
Ashley Wala So. Matthews, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.26 Pre-Nursing
Shalyn McMichael Sr. Elgin, S.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.25 Recreational Therapy
Felicia Paulding Sr. Mint Hill, N.C. Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3.24 Recreational Therapy
Karen Jimenez Sarmiento So. Bogota D.C., Colombia Women's Tennis 3.73 Psychology
Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz Jr. Madrid, Spain Women's Tennis 3.56 Electrical Engineering