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122 Catamounts Named to SoCon Academic Honor Roll

Aug. 15, 2011

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina landed 122 student-athletes on the Southern Conference's 2010-11 Academic Honor Roll, the league announced today. Across the SoCon, more than 1,900 student-athletes from the twelve member institutions were named to the honor roll for the 2010-11 academic year.

The 1,985 students recognized are the most honorees since the inception of the honor roll, surpassing the previous high set a year ago. The average grade point average (GPA) of those honored was 3.45, and forty-four percent of the recognized student-athletes achieved at least a 3.5 GPA including eighty students who posted a 4.0.

Those 871 student-athletes including 10 Catamounts who attained a 3.5 GPA or higher were further honored with the Commissioner's Medal.

WCU had 24 football players on the academic honor roll to lead all teams, followed by 16 women's soccer players and 13 baseball players. Combined, the Catamount men's and women's cross country and track & field teams put 32 on the list.

Davidson landed a league-high 270 student-athletes on the honor roll. Seven of the twelve schools increased their numbers from the previous year, including Appalachian State, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Elon, Furman, Chattanooga and Wofford. Appalachian State had the second most honorees with 203, followed by Elon (198), Wofford (195) and College of Charleston (177).

Football boasted the most student-athletes on the list with 298, followed by women's track and field and cross country with 220, women's soccer with 204 and baseball with 158. 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. 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.