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WCU Places SoCon Conference Leading 34 on Spring Academic All-Conference

June 23, 2011

2011 Southern Confernece Spring Academic All-Conference

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