July 2, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - More than 1,900 student-athletes from 12 member institutions were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2011-12 academic year. From that number, 133 student-athletes were from Western Carolina University.
The 1,950 students recognized is the second-highest total of honorees since the league being compiling its annual honor roll in 1989.
Seven student-athletes from Western Carolina had a perfect 4.0 GPA. Three were from women's basketball, two from women's cross country, and one each from women's golf and women's track and field. The 4.0 GPA Catamounts included: Alex Abraham, Makensey Campbell and Caitlin Hollifield of women's basketball, Michelle Provost and Morgan Turner from women's cross country, Michaela Birek (women's track and field) and Maria Kjelldorff(women's golf).
Seventy four Catamount student-athletes were honored with the Commissioner's Medal for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher.
The average GPA of the SoCon student-athletes was 3.46, and 45 percent of the recognized student-athletes achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average, including 90 students who posted a 4.0.
Those 878 student-athletes who attained a 3.5 GPA or higher were further honored with the Commissioner's Medal.
Football boasted the most student-athletes on the list with 286, followed by women's soccer with 213, women's track and field and cross country with 212 and baseball with 155. All student-athletes from the league's member institutions are included on the list, which includes all 19 SoCon sponsored sports as well as non-sponsored sports in field hockey, lacrosse, swimming, equestrian, rifle and sailing. League schools who sponsor swimming are members of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.
Southern Conference athletic directors established the honor roll prior to the 1988-89 athletic season as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars.