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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (June 27, 2016) – The league office announced on Monday that 49 ETSU student-athletes earned spots on the spring 2016 Academic All-Southern Conference team.
ETSU Baseball, Softball and women’s track and field had seven selections followed by men’s track and field with six. Men’s and women’s golf each had four selections along with men’s tennis. ETSU Women’s basketball had three student-athletes honored and women’s tennis had two.
Brooke Baxter (Jasper, Tenn.) of ETSU softball and ETSU women’s track and field athlete Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.) were among 14 other SoCon student-athletes to maintain a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average. The two Bucs with perfect GPA’s was second most within the SoCon.
One of the notable student-athletes to make the list was senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) who helped ETSU men’s golf capture the Southern Conference Championship and most recently helped the European team win the Palmer Cup. Other notables included six overall student-athletes from men’s and women’s tennis that helped each program win the Southern Conference championship.
With the GPA component now based off of the student-athletes’ averages at the end of the semester of competition, the Winter Academic All-SoCon team was eliminated, resulting in several track and field student-athletes appearing in the spring list twice, once each for the indoor and outdoor season. ETSU’s Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) also earned double inclusion, playing both women’s basketball and softball.
Overall 389 student-athletes accounted for 473 spots on the Spring 2016 Academic All-SoCon team.
The league’s 10 women’s outdoor track and field programs led the way with 71 academic all-conference selections, while the nine institutions that sponsor women’s indoor track and field produced 59. The eight men’s lacrosse teams were third with 47 honorees, followed closely by the nine schools with 46.
Each of the SoCon’s 10 full-time institutions had at least 21 honorees, representing the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, wrestling, men’s and women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball.