SPARTANBURG, S.C. (June 25, 2019) -- The Southern Conference announced its Academic All-Conference selections for the spring semester on Tuesday afternoon, as ETSU placed 56 student-athletes on the prestigious list.
To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the spring semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.
The Bucs had nine student-athletes register a GPA of 3.90 or higher during the spring semester, including red-shirt senior outfielder Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) with a perfect. 4.0 mark. Teammates Lauren Lee (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Kylie Toler (Bradenton, Fla.) were among the Bucs with a 3.90 GPA or better this past spring, while Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) of men’s golf, baseball’s David Beam (Knoxville, Tenn.), women’s golfer Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) and Matt Scarr (Wamberal, NSW, Australia) and Lindsay Bruce (Knoxville, Tenn.) of men’s and women’s track and field also achieved this honor.
The men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field programs accounted for half of the selections. The women combined for 15 with the men adding 13. Softball had eight student-athletes – tying the most from any roster – with indoor women’s track and field.
Men’s golf and men’s tennis each had five student-athletes represented, while women’s golf had four players make the spring team. Baseball added three selections, women’s tennis had two and women’s basketball had one representative.
Overall, 580 student-athletes earned the honor, which are the most for any academic all-conference team in the history of the SoCon, as it began selecting teams in the winter of 2002-03 and selected fall, winter and spring teams through 2014-15. Beginning in 2015-16, the winter and spring teams were combined, with those student-athletes honored after the spring semester. The previous record was 571 selections in the spring of 2018.
Eight of the SoCon’s 10 full-time institutions had at least 47 honorees this year, representing the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, rifle, wrestling, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball.
Twenty-seven student-athletes combined for 31 perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs. That total is the second-most in league history, trailing only the 38 perfect GPAs from last spring.
Samford led all schools with 73 spots on the academic all-conference team, followed by Mercer with 65. ETSU (56), Furman (55), The Citadel (54) and Western Carolina (50) all had at least 50.
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