Clemson Student-Athletes Set Records in Classroom


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CLEMSON, SC - Clemson student-athletes posted a 2.99 GPA for the spring semester of 2012, the highest on record, according to data released by Clemson University’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning. Clemson’s 15 athletic programs had 228 student-athletes named to the academic honor roll, 111 on the Dean’s List and 43 on the President’s List (4.0).

Seven programs posted at least a 3.0 team GPA and four others were at 2.93 or better. It was the first time 11 of the 15 programs had a team GPA of at least 2.93.

“I want to congratulate Becky Bowman and her staff at Vickery Hall,” said Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips. “To set the all-time record in terms of GPA for our student-athletes is an outstanding accomplishment. I especially want to thank our coaches for collectively putting an emphasis on academics, and our student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom.”

The women’s swimming and diving program had a 3.62 for the semester, a team best and the second best on record for any Clemson athletic team. Twenty-four women’s swimmers and divers had at least a 3.0, including 17 who were on the Dean’s List. Two of the swimmers, Kerry McLaughlin and Maddie Tarantolo, were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society this year.

Men’s swimmer Seth Broster was on the academic honor roll and received an NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship this year.

The Clemson golf team had a 3.23 team GPA, its highest on record and the fifth best on record for any Clemson male athletic team. The Tigers had eight members on the academic honor roll, the most since the spring of 2003.

Other programs that posted a 3.0 or better in the spring semester were rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s track and field.

Clemson’s football program had a 2.61 team GPA, just below the all-time record of 2.63 set in the spring of 2008. Thirty-four members of the team were named to the academic honor roll, including first-team AP All-American Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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. The freshman receiver is the first Clemson football player to make first-team AP All-American and the academic honor roll in the same year since David Treadwell in 1987-88.

Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Fr. Linebacker
#12 6-3, 235
Polkton, NC

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, Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
RS Jr. Defensive Back
#29 5-11, 190
Jacksonville, FL

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, Jaron BrownJaron Brown
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 200
Cheraw, SC

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, Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#55 6-5, 285
Pelion, SC

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, Rashard HallRashard Hall
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#31 6-1, 210
St. Augustine, FL

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and Dawson ZimmermanDawson Zimmerman
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#96 6-2, 205
Lawrenceville, GA

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were other 2011 football starters named to the academic honor roll. Zimmerman earned a 4.0 and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society this year.

The women’s swimming and diving team’s 3.62 team GPA is topped only by a 3.64 by the women’s tennis program in the spring of 1995. Meg Anderson, Jenny Erickson, Emily Howard, Kerry McLaughlin, Rocky Raybon, Cassie Self, Sarah Smith and Maddie Tarantolo all were named to the President’s List.

Clemson’s top 20 rowing program had the most academic honor roll selections with 48, including 28 who made the Dean’s List. The rowing program had a 3.23 team GPA, the 27th time in the last 28 semesters the team has had at least a 3.0 GPA. All five members of the rowing team who made the All-South team (Kate Biladeau, Katie Bruggeling, Heather Cummings, Laura D’Urso and Giulia Longatti) were named to the academic honor roll.

The Clemson men’s basketball team posted a 2.69 team GPA for the semester, its best spring semester since 2007. Graduates Catalin Baciu, Bryan Narcisse and Andre Young all made the honor roll. The Lady Tigers had a 2.75 team GPA and five players were on the academic honor roll, including graduate Lindsey Mason, who had a 4.0.

Clemson’s baseball team, participating in this weekend’s NCAA Tournament, had a 2.93 team GPA and 14 players made the academic honor roll, including starters Jay Baum, Kevin Brady, Thomas Brittle, Spencer Kieboom, Dominic Leone, Phil Pohl and Jason Stolz.

Both soccer programs posted at least a 3.0 for the semester and 34 student-athletes made the honor roll, 16 from the men’s program and 18 from the women’s program.

The most successful program in the classroom and on the field of competition was the women’s track and field program. Coach Lawrence Johnson’s team is ranked fifth in the nation and has already won two ACC championships this year.

In the classroom, his team had a 3.18 team GPA and 19 student-athletes were named to the academic honor roll. Alyssa Kulik, Bridgette Owens and Marlena Wesh all will represent the Clemson team in the upcoming NCAA meet and were named to the academic honor roll. Kulik made the President’s List. Kulik and Kim Ruck were both honored with NCAA Postgraduate scholarships this year.

Clemson Team GPAs for the Spring 2012 Semester

Team GPA

Baseball 2.93

Basketball, Men 2.69

Basketball, Women 2.75

Football 2.61

Golf 3.23

Rowing 3.23

Soccer, Men 3.07

Soccer, Women 3.29

Swimming & Diving, Men 2.93

Swimming & Diving, Women 3.62

Tennis, Men 3.03

Tennis, Women 2.97

Track & Field, Men 2.69

Track & Field, Women 3.18

Volleyball 2.99

Overall 2.99

SPRING 2012 HONOR ROLL BY SPORT

(Bold indicates Dean’s List; Bold/Italic indicates President’s List)

Baseball (14):

Patrick Andrews, Jay Baum, Kevin Brady, Thomas Brittle, Matt Campbell, Kevin Caughman, Scott Firth, Brock Goodling, Mike Kent, Spencer Kieboom, Dominic Leone, Jonathan Meyer, Phil Pohl, Jason Stolz

Men’s Basketball (4):

Catalin Baciu, Carson Fields, Bryan Narcisse, Andre Young

Football (34):

Stephone Anthony, Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
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, Darrell Brevard, Xavier Brewer, Beau BrownBeau Brown
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#49 6-1, 200
Beaufort, SC

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, Jaron Brown, Mason CloyMason Cloy
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#62 6-3, 310
Columbia, SC

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, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Fr. Offensive Line
# 6-4, 280
Roebuck, SC

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, Phillip FajgenbaumPhillip Fajgenbaum
RS So. Long Snapper
#52 6-0, 220
Raleigh, NC

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, Wes ForbushWes Forbush
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#88 6-2, 185
Johnson City, TN

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, Brandon FordBrandon Ford
RS Jr. Tight End
#80 6-4, 235
Wando, SC

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, Dalton Freeman, David Fulmer, Joe GoreJoe Gore
RS Fr. Offensive Line
#73 6-6, 260
Lake Waccamaw, NC

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, Rashard Hall, Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Fr. Wide Receiver
#13 6-0, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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, Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
So. Defensive Back
#14 5-9, 175
Roswell, GA

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, Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Fr. Punter / Kicker
#36 5-11, 185
Alpharetta, GA

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, Andrew Maass, William Mauldin, Donny McElveenDonny McElveen
RS So. Quarterback
#14 6-2, 210
Summerville, SC

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, Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Jr. Safety
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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, Jake NicolopulosJake Nicolopulos
Linebacker
# 6-2, 220
Anderson, SC

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, Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Fr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 205
Moore, SC

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, Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#81 6-5, 200
Isle of Palms, SC

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, Spencer ShueySpencer Shuey
RS So. Linebacker
#33 6-3, 250
Charlotte, NC

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, Michael SobeskiMichael Sobeski
RS Fr. Long Snapper
#35 6-2, 195
Roebuck, SC

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, Gifford TimothyGifford Timothy
RS Fr. Offensive Tackle
#70 6-6, 315
Middletown, DE

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, Sam Van GiesonSam Van Gieson
RS Jr. Long Snapper
#53 5-10, 185
Greer, SC

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, Sammy Watkins, Joshua Watson, Reid WebsterReid Webster
RS Fr. Offensive Tackle
#77 6-4, 295
Woodstock, GA

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, Charles Wilson, Dawson Zimmerman

Golf (8):

Stephen Behr, Alex Boyd, Brewer Bradshaw, Thomas Bradshaw, Hayden Garrett, Billy Kennerly, Michael Muscatell, Crawford Reeves

Men’s Soccer (16):

Ara Amirkhanian, Brynjar Benediktsson, Francklin Blaise, Alex Burnikel, Josh Doran, Bo Godwin, Jack Metcalf, Cody Mizell, Kyle Murphy, Keegan Priest, Manolo Sanchez, Austin Savage, Iain Smith, Alex Stockinger, Andrew Tarbell, Lassiter Tollison

Men’s Swimming & Diving (12):

Derek Barre, Austin Braver, Seth Broster, Alex Brown, Shayne Buckley, Alex Carr, Pat Chamberlain, Scott Clary, Chris Dart, Lee Groseclose, Chase Henderson, Chris Reinke

Men’s Tennis (4):

Dominique Maden, Yannick Maden, Gerardo Meza, Wes Moran

Men’s Track & Field (13):

Fesser Bell, C.J. Davidson, James Dwyer, Martin Maloney, Ty McCormack, Samuel McGill, Charlton Rolle, Scott Stanley, Cory Thalheimer, Tim Tyler, Torian Ware, Jeffrey Willis, Kyle Younkin

Women’s Basketball (5):

Lauren Couch, Chancie Dunn, Kelly Gramlich, Deja Hawkins, Lindsey Mason

Rowing (48):

Kristen Agee, Ariana Alexandrescu, Stephannie Allen, Ameerah Aly, Kathryn Andreoli, Laura Basadonna, Kate Biladeau, Taylor Blanton, Becca Brown, Katie Bruggeling, Charlotte Case, Rebekah Clogston, Heather Cummings, Alana de Klerk, Kenzie DuBrul, Samantha Duggan, Laura D’Urso, Vanesa Ewais, Maria Gutierrez, Laura Haselden, Danielle Hayden, Kyndal Heller, Marissa Henry, Taylor Hoynacki, Lindsey Hughes, Kelsey Igo, MJ Keys, Jackie Kovach, Giulia Longatti, Kristin Manna, Elise McVey, Sarah Monn, Katie Mosier, Julia Ost, Kerianne Pacheco, Paige Pribonic, Bre Przestrzelski, Carissa Richardson, Marie Rosasco, Kelsie Saurber, Kathleen Scibelli, April Serieno, Mary Ann Sims, Meghan Sisk, Lucy Steer, Caroline Thomas, Jenny Tumas, Alex Wall, Kathryn Wiley

Women’s Soccer (18):

Ashlynne Bass, Jennifer Bass, Savannah Coiner, Liska Dobberstein, Maddy Elder, Jóna Hauksdóttir, Morgan Hert, Haley Hunt, Rachel Hurd, Sarah Jacobs, Hailey Karg, Erica Kim, Vanessa Laxgang, Heather Marik, Maggie Murphy, Tabitha Padgett, Katelyn Reeve, Deana Sherry

Women’s Swimming & Diving (24):

Meg Anderson, Sarah Bechard, Heather Britt, Alisha Cervone, Tori Cervone, Jessica Doolittle, Jenny Erickson, Kelly Fowler, Brooke George, Emily Howard, Kelsey Krauss, Kelly McGee, Kerry McLaughlin, Deanna Piper, Rocky Raybon, Kristen Redmond, Cassie Self, Sarah Smith, Garrison Stevens, Maddie Tarantolo, Elizabeth Tatum, Chelsea Uranaka, Liz Whalen, Emily Yoder

Women’s Tennis (4):

Monika Kochanova, Yana Koroleva, Klara Vyskocilova, Keri Wong

Women’s Track & Field (19):

Natalie Anthony, Brianna Blanton, Caroline Bond, Elyse Borisko, Karine Farias, Whitney Fountain, Christy Gasparino, Lisa Girard, Alyssa Henshaw, Katie Inclan, Alyssa Kulik, Laura Loveless, Sara Manesiotis, Walker Marion, Bridgette Owens, Kim Ruck, Brannon Sulka, Cara Talty, Marlena Wesh

Volleyball (5):

Sandra Adeleye, Hannah Brenner, Natalie Patzin, Alexa Rand, Karis Watson

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