Fifty Western Carolina University student-athletes were recognized by earning spots on the Spring 2019 Academic All-Southern Conference Team as released by the conference.
The Catamounts had the sixth-most among the league’s 10 full members with Samford topping out with 73.
Combined there were 580 selections which is the most for any academic All-Conference team in the history of the SoCon, which began selecting teams in the winter of 2002-03. The conference selected fall, winter and spring teams through 2014-15 and 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.
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.
To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the spring semester and are required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions. In addition, they must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.
Western Carolina placed 42 student-athletes on the 2018 SoCon Fall All-Academic list for a combined 92 Catamount student-athletes for the 2018-19 season.