UNCG places 24 student-athletes on SoCon Academic All-Conference squad
2011 SoCon Fall Academic All-Conference Team
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced today its Academic All-Conference team for the 2011 fall season, and 24 UNCG student-athletes were among those honored.
Among the 297 total student-athletes on the academic all-conference team were at least 16 representatives from each of the 12 SoCon institutions, participating in men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball. The group recorded a combined 3.63 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Sixteen student-athletes have maintained perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs, including The Citadel's Shanna Couch and John Synovec, Elon's Katelyn O'Dunne, Georgia Southern's Monica Belissimo and Adrian Mora, UNCG's Peyton Ford, and Ashley Schnell, Chattanooga's Chris Berry, Morgan Buchanan, Tara Gietema, Taylor Mangrum, Christina Teter and Sarah White-Woerner, Western Carolina's Morgan Turner, and Wofford's Katie Kessler and Rachel Woodlee.
To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average entering the fall season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the recently-concluded fall campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.
The league's 12 women's soccer programs provided the most academic all-conference members with 75, followed by women's cross country with 54 and football with 52.
Among member institutions, Appalachian State and Elon paced all league schools with 34 members on the academic all-conference team. Closely behind was Wofford with 32 student-athletes earning recognition along with 24 from UNCG and 25 from Chattanooga.