July 8, 2008
Spartanburg, S.C. - A school-record 143 Western Carolina student-athletes were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2007-08 academic year, as announced by the conference office. WCU also possessed four student-athletes who posted a 4.0 grade point average for the entire school year.
The Catamount men's and women's track & field teams combined for a school-leading 27 student-athletes on the list, with 14 from the men's team and the women contributing 13 of the student-athletes. Women's soccer put 21 of its 29 total team members on the Honor Roll, or 72 percent of the team. That percentage was second only to the women's basketball team, who put every one of their 12 players on the Honor Roll list, the only team to have 100 percent included.
More than 1,600 student-athletes from 11 member institutions were named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2007-08 academic year. This is the most honorees since the inception of the honor roll, surpassing the previous high by almost 100 student-athletes.
Southern Conference athletic directors established the honor roll prior to the 1988-89 athletic year as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. After 364 earned the honor the first year, the honor roll has increased in 13 of the 17 subsequent years. 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.
The average GPA of the 1,617 student-athletes was 3.44, and greater than 40 percent of the recognized student-athletes achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average, including 62 students who posted a 4.0.
Davidson landed the most on the honor roll with 223, the most of any school since 1998-99 when Davidson posted a record 233 on the list. Seven of the 11 schools increased their numbers from the previous year, including all-time highs from College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina and Wofford. College of Charleston had the second-most student-athletes honored with 188, followed by Appalachian State with 172 and Elon with 155.
Football boasted the most student-athletes on the list with 225, followed by women's cross country and track and field with 174 and women's soccer with 172. All student-athletes 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.