SPARTANBURG, SC — The Southern Conference announced the academic All-SoCon teams for Fall 2021 on Thursday afternoon. The Chattanooga Mocs at the top of the league were secured with 52 student athletes honored from soccer, cross-country, soccer and volleyball teams. That’s 12.2 percent of the 425 total honorees.
“It never gets old to talk about the success of our programs in the classroom,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton said. “It’s great to see their hard work being rewarded. We are proud of the efforts of our students and of our academic support and emphasis by our coaching staff.”
The honored by sports:
Cross County Men (6): Jonathan Boyd, Eric Mitchell, Kaigen Mulkey, Eamonn O’Bryant, Ryan Phillips, Jasper Wilson
Women’s Cross Country (10)Faith Brown, Justine Glass, Lesley Green, Ashtyn Hagood, Makenzie Jones, Juliana McReynolds, Morgan Ouelette, Allie Potter, Brooke Rieves, Emma Rossum
Football (18)Tyron Arnett, Gabe Boring, Alec Boruff, Evan Brown, McClendon Curtis, Ailym Ford, Rashun Freeman, Kohl Henke, Jeremiah Katt, Jerrell Lawson, Reuben Lowery III, Andrew Manning, Cody Olszewski, Aaron Sears, CaMiron Smith, Christian Snyder, Cole Strange & Reid Williams
Football (11): AK Anderson, Madddie Burman, Avery Catlett, Adryan Darnell, Shelby Hash, Grace Klippenstein, Kendra Mueller, Julia Perrusquia, Maggie Shaw, Samantha Shaw, Mackenzie Smith
Volleyball (7)Sophia Bossong, Coniah Davis, Gylian Finch, Paige Gallentine, Makenzie Jordan, Kate Neill, Maia Rackel
The 425 total selections surpass the fall record of 356 in 2018, while the 37 perfect GPAs break the fall record of 21 in 2013 and match it in 2019. The 4.0’s record was led by… you guessed it, 11 from the Scenic City school. They are Tyron Arnett, Christian Snyder, Jonathan Boyd, Eric Mitchell, Eamonn O’Bryant, Kate Neill, Maia Rackel, Juliana McReynolds, Morgan Ouelette, Emma Rossum & Grace Klippenstein.
The athletics program’s overall GPA for the fall was 3.19, the fifth-highest ever. Impressively, that top 5 has gathered in the past five installments. The fall sports balanced school and competition well. Fifty football players earned the Athletics Director’s Honor (3.0+) and 38 earned Dean’s List (3.2+).
Women’s cross country/track set a program record with 23 on both. The men’s cross-country squad placed eight on the AD list and seven claimed the Dean’s List. The soccer ladies saw 22 make the AD Honor Roll with 21 on the Dean’s List, while volleyball, along with their beach sisters, finished 23 and 21 respectively. The full story is linked above.
To be eligible for the academic team for all conferences, student athletes must have at least a cumulative grade of 3.3 points by the end of the fall semester and must participate in at least half of their team’s competitions during the recently concluded campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshman and freshman transfers ineligible for admission.
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