ROCK HILL, SC - The 2011-12 SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll was released on Monday, with the Lincoln Memorial University placing 70 student-athletes on the list. In total, 757 of the South Atlantic Conference's student-athletes earned recognition for their athletic achievements over the past year.
All 10 SAC member institutions and each of the league's 14 sponsored sports were represented on the 2011-12 honor roll.
To be eligible for the distinction, student-athletes must have lettered in a varsity SAC-sponsored sport and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher throughout the academic year.
LMU had 12 sports that are sponsored by the South Atlantic Conference represented on the SAC Honor Roll list with women's soccer leading the way with 12 recipients. Men's soccer finished in second at the school with 10 student-athletes receiving SAC Honor Roll distinctions.
"I'm proud to recognize each of these outstanding student-athletes for their hard work and dedication in the classroom," said SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz.
"The achievements of such an impressive number of student-athletes are a testament to our schools' efforts to develop these young men and women academically in addition to athletically."
Lenoir-Rhyne University led the SAC with 95 student-athletes on the honor roll. All 14 of the L-R teams that compete in SAC-sponsored sports had at least one student-athlete named to the honor roll, including a program-best 23 football players.
Mars Hill and Tusculum finished with the next-highest number of honor roll selections with 84 and 81, respectively. They were followed by Newberry with 75 and Catawba with 74.
Lincoln Memorial University finished in fourth with Wingate University as each placed 70 student-athletes on the honor roll, while Anderson and Brevard had 69.
Included in the 757 honor roll selections were seven SAC Players of the Year and five SAC Freshmen of the Year from 2011-12.
The SAC Players of the Year to earn honor roll distinction were Justin Gragg (Mars Hill men's cross country), Kate Griewisch (Lenoir-Rhyne women's cross country), Catherine Hauck (L-R women's soccer), Liz Willis (Wingate volleyball), Liam Ashby (Carson-Newman men's golf), Maria Luz Besio (Newberry women's golf) and Craig Goodman (Tusculum baseball).
They were joined by SAC Freshmen of the Year Madison Hill (Brevard women's cross country), Hanna Kiebel (L-R women's soccer), Lexi Potter (WU volleyball), Emee Herbert (TC women's golf) and Lukas Winkelmann (TC men's tennis).
The complete 2011-12 SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll can be found here.
Compliments of South Atlantic Conference Media Relations, Eric Wieberg.
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