Clemson student-athletes had strong semester in classroom

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CLEMSON—Over 50 percent of Clemson’s student-athletes were on the academic honor roll for the Spring semester according to data released by Clemson’s Office of Institutional Research. Seven of the 15 programs had team GPAs of at least 3.0 and the overall GPA was 2.92 for the semester, third highest on record. There were 114 student-athletes on the Dean’s List, including 39 who posted a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester.

The programs that posted a 3.0 or better were the men’s soccer (3.16), women’s soccer (3.40), women’s swimming (3.28), men’s tennis (3.04), women’s tennis (3.04), women’s track (3.23) and rowing (3.13) teams.

The number of sports programs with a 3.0 or better is testament to the impact Vickery Hall and its staff has had on the academic performance of the Clemson program. Clemson had just five total programs with at least a 3.0 for the eight semesters prior to the opening of the facility in 1991. Now there are seven different programs in one semester.

The women’s track (6th), women’s tennis (9th) and rowing (12th) teams are also ranked in the top 15 in the nation in their latest respective sports polls in addition to achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or better.

For the first time ever, all 15 programs had at least a 2.50 GPA in the same semester. The seven teams with at least a 3.0 GPA rank just one short of the record of eight different programs with a 3.0 in one semester.

“I am very pleased with our student-athletes academic performance, especially when it comes to consistency and across the board performance,” said Clemson Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips. “Becky Bowman and her staff continue to do a great job in this important area, and the head coaches of each sport are to be commended because academic performance is obviously a priority with each program.

Many sports had outstanding semesters. The women’s soccer team had the highest team GPA with a 3.40 semester, its 19th consecutive semester with at least a 3.1 team GPA. Twelve members of the team had at least a 3.0, including seven who made the Dean’s List. The men’s soccer team also had a strong semester under Head Coach Mike Noonan with a team GPA of 3.16, the fourth best for that program since 1987.

The Clemson football team posted a 2.56 GPA for the semester and 33 of the team members had at least a 3.0. It is the third straight semester the football team has had at least 30 members make the academic honor roll, the second longest streak in the program’s history (four in a row in 1999-01). The list of academic honor roll members included first-team All-American DeAndre McDaniel, starting center Dalton Freeman, who made the Dean’s List, and first –team All-ACC tight end Michael Palmer, who had a 4.0 and graduated in May.

Both basketball teams had solid semesters even though there was a change in coaching leadership. The men had a 2.64 team GPA, the third best figure for the program since 1984. Brad Brownell’s Tigers had six members on the academic honor roll, including guards Tanner Smith and Andre Young. The Lady Tigers had a 2.57 team GPA under Head Coach Itoro Coleman and five members were on the academic honor roll, including senior leader Lele Hardy, who graduated in May, and Lindsay Mason, who had a perfect 4.0.

Clemson’s women’s track program had a 3.23 team GPA and a record 30 student athletes on the 43-person roster made the academic honor roll, including a record 21 on the Dean’s List. The list of Lady Tigers on the academic honor roll included on the track stars Patricia Mamona, Kim Ruck, Liane Weber and Linda Buchholz.

Clemson’s swimming program continued to have an outstanding performance in the classroom. The women’s program had a 3.28 team GPA, the 19th consecutive semester with at least a 3.2 team GPA, and 18 of the team members made the Dean’s List. The men’s program had a team GPA of .2.98 and 15 student-athletes on the academic honor roll

The rowing team had the most members on the academic honor roll with 42, including a program high 22 on the Dean’s List. Richard Ruggieri’s team will compete as one of 16 teams in the NCAA Rowing Championships this weekend. The team had an overall GPA of 3.13.

Both Clemson tennis teams were over 3.00 and in fact had the exact same GPA (3.04).

Clemson Team Grade Point Averages

Spring 2010

Team                  GPA
Baseball              2.65
Basketball, Men       2.64
Basketball, Women     2.57
Football	      2.56
Golf                  2.86
Rowing                3.13
Soccer, Men           3.16
Soccer, Women         3.40
Swimming, Men         2.98
Swimming, Women       3.28
Tennis, Men           3.04
Tennis, Women         3.04
Track, Men            2.75
Track, Women          3.23
Volleyball            2.82
Overall               2.92

Spring 2010 Honor Roll by Sport


Kevin Brady, Kevin Caughman, Marcus Curry, Mike Freeman, David Haselden, Spencer Kieboom, Jonathan Meyer, Brad Miller, Phil Pohl, Justin Sarratt, Richie Shaffer, Jason Stolz


Terrance Ashe, Matthew Bell, Spencer Benton, Jaron Brown, Chandler Catanzaro, Brandon Clear, Byron Clear, Mason Cloy, Brandon Ford, Dalton Freeman, Malliciah Goodman, Rashard Hall, Will Harrison, JK Jay, Mansa Joseph, Brandon Maye, DeAndre McDaniel, Jamal Medlin, Michael Palmer, George Rabon, Ben Ramsey, Coty Sensabaugh, Spencer Shuey, Caleb Simmons, Matt Skinner, Darrell Smith, Rendrick Taylor, Brandon Thomas, Brandon Thompson, Evin Tilson, Michael Wade, Josh Watson, Dawson Zimmerman


Jacob Burger, McCuen Elmore, Luke Hopkins, Crawford Reeves, Mike Soowal

Men’s Basketball:

Zavier Anderson, Catalin Baciu, Jonah Baize, Milton Jennings, Tanner Smith, Andre Young

Men’s Soccer:

Brannon Blanke, Alex Darsinos, Tommy Drake, Eric Fletcher, Bo Godwin, Mike Mattson, Cody Mizell, Wes Nelson, David Newton, Keegan Priest, Austin Savage, J.D. Spearman, Nathan Thornton, MacKenzie Ward

Men’s Swimming and Diving:

Derek Barre, Seth Broster, Alex Carr, Patrick Chamberlain, Scott Clary, Christopher Dart, Marcus Elliott, Harry Foster, David Giambra, Scott Groel, Lee Groseclose, Chase Henderson, Josef Knecht, Thomas Recko, Chris Reinke

Men’s Track and Field:

Chris Brown, Warren Fraser, Chad Holt, Bryce Iverson, Patrick Jagielski, Blake Kennedy, Tyler Morey, Miller Moss, Chris Ostrouchov, Alex Padgett, Jeffery Pennings, Shane Reighard, William Robinson, Michael Simmerson, Chris Slate, Jonathan Sunde, Xavier Tromp, Stephen White

Men’s Tennis:

Rok Bizjak, Juan Bolona, Cal Hilsman, Yannick Maden, Wes Moran, Robert Pietrucha


Jennifer Agee, Kristen Agee, Ameerah Aly, Emilyn Banfield, Andrea Belbusti, Nicole Bowen, becca Brown, Katie Bruggeling, Rebekah Clogston, Allison Colberg, Brittany Cummings, Heather Cummings, Sarah Delap, Kenzie Dubrul, Carly Friedman, Jessica Gaul, Corey Geer, Victoria Graham, Paige Griffith, Erin Grubbs, Lydia Hassell, Marissa Henry, Rachel Hester, Nysa Hicks, Taylor Hoynacki, Emily Lavender, Kristin Manna, Laine Milam, Sarah Monn, Katharine Mosier, Kelly Murphy, Michelle Nance, Lisa Phillips, Breanne Przestrzelski, Meredith Razzolini, Liz Robb, Olivia Shomaker, Caroline Thomas, Mairi Trimboli, Torrey Wall, Melissa Weaver, Grace Wolff


Didem Ege, Lacy Hayes, Brooke Kohler, Tanya Mirutenko, Kelsey Murphy, Natalie Patzin, Alexa Rand, Katie Sharpe

Women’s Basketball:

Lele Hardy, Lindsey Mason, Lindsay Welker, Ashlee Wilson, Kirstyn Wright

Women’s Soccer:

Brittany Beaumont, Kate Biggerstaff, Lily Boleyn, Callie Cavanaugh, Marci Elpers, Samantha Fortier, Molly Franklin, Rachel Hurd, Lindsey Jackson, Sarah Jacobs, Heather Marik, Katie Vogel

Women’s Swimming and Diving:

Alexandra Allen, Meg Anderson, Kellyn Angell, Sarah Bechard, Kristin Bender, Laura Browning, Stephanie Fura, Carmen Groenewoud, Kelly Hendershot, Rachel Hesler, Allison Lapp, Cara Lennon, Kelly McGee, Kerry McLaughlin, Meggie Mizelle, Katrina Obas, Deanna Piper, Kristen Redmond, Elizabeth Savage, Heather Savage, Cassie Self, Sarah Smith, Rachel Sparks, Garrison Stevens, Maddie Tarantolo

Women’s Track and Field:

Sonni Austin, Kelsey Armstrong, Jenna Baker, Carlin Bartlett, Maggie Bernard, Elyse Borisko, Linda Buchholz, Stephanie Buffo, Samantha Eastwood, Karine Farias, Molly Hubbard, Taylor Hughes, Janice Jackson, Caroline Kennedy, Lauren Klas, Alyssa Kulik, Jackie Lauer, Patricia Mamona, Amy Morrison, Lauren Reen, Kim Ruck, Kristine Scott, Chelsea Shugars, Brannon Sulka, Carly Summers, Sarah Turman, Ashley Vaughn, Bethanie Wachna, Liane Weber, Sheliah Williams

Women’s Tennis:

Elizabeth Appleby, Hannah Bruch, Ina Hadziselimovic, Caroline Magnusson, Keri Wong

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