Clemson Student Athletes Have Record Semester In Classroom


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CLEMSON, SC - A record six Clemson athletic teams posted a team GPA of over 3.0 in the spring semester of 2000 according to statistics released by the school's athletic council on Wednesday. For the third straight semester the overall GPA for the student-athletes was at an all-time high, this year reaching 2.76. That is just .02 below the average for the overall student body, the closest differential on record.


Three Clemson teams posted all-time high team GPAs for a semester. That list included the Clemson football team, which had a 2.49 team GPA, far ahead of the previous high of 2.38. Tommy Bowden has been the head coach at Clemson for three semesters and his team has broken the previous semester GPA record twice. An all-time record 39 Clemson football players were on the academic honor roll, including seven members of the freshman signee class of 1999.


Trevor Adair's soccer program had a 3.12 team GPA for the semester, far ahead of the previous best of 3.01. Suzie Lueck's rowing team had a 3.27 GPA for the semester, the highest in its four semester old program and the second highest by any Clemson program in the spring.


The leading team in terms of GPA in the spring was the women's tennis team. The team coached by Nancy Harris posted a 3.30 GPA for the spring, best by that program since it posted an all-time Clemson record 3.64 in the spring of 1995. Harris had eight of her players on the academic honor roll. It was quite a semester for the women's tennis team, as it excelled with a 15-7 record on the courts, including an NCAA Tournament berth and final top 25 ranking.


The Clemson baseball team had a record number of academic honor roll selections, 18. That list included six starters on this year's College World Series team. The Clemson men's basketball team had a 2.45 team GPA, second best on record, and had a record number (6) of academic honor roll selections.


The list of teams with over a 3.0 team GPA included the aforementioned rowing, men's soccer, and women's tennis teams, plus the volleyball, golf and women's swimming teams. The Clemson golf program had a 3.09 team GPA in the same semester in which it finished seventh at the NCAA Tournament and third in the final MasterCard poll. The volleyball team's 3.11 team GPA was second best on record. Jolene Hoover's team had six academic honor roll selections on her 31-3 team that set a school record for winning percentage. The women's swimming team, which had a 7-3 record in the pool, had a 3.19 team GPA.


Ninety-two student-athletes were named to the Dean's List, 20 more than any other semester in Clemson history. A total of 217 student-athletes were on the academic honor roll, second highest figure in history. Almost 46 percent of Clemson's student-athletes are on the academic honor roll. A total of 24 student-athletes had a perfect 4.0, second highest semester figure in Clemson history.


The list of President's List student-athletes includes first-team Academic All-American Kyle Young, the starting center on the Tiger football team, and second-team Academic All-American Chad Carson, the second leading tackler on the 1999 Tigers. Women's swimming All-American Virginia Kirouac also was on the President's List.


Other prominent student-athletes on the academic honor roll include golf Academic All-American All-American Jonathan Byrd, volleyball Academic All-District selection Heidi Cooper, Casey Stone and Khalil Greene, the top two hitters on the Clemson baseball team, All-ACC guards Angie Cossey and Chrissy Floyd, who helped Clemson to the NCAA women's basketball tournament, and women's tennis ACC Champion Carmina Giraldo.


Clemson GPAs by Sport, Spring Semester, 2000

Baseball 2.65

Men's Basketball 2.45

Women's Basketball 2.79

Football 2.49

Golf 3.09

Rowing 3.27

Men's Soccer 3.12

Women's Soccer 2.84

Men's Swimming 2.61

Women's Swimming 3.19

Men's Tennis 2.83

Women's Tennis 3.30

Men's Track 2.65

Women's Track 2.65

Volleyball 3.11

Overall 2.76



Academic Honor Roll, Spring 2000

Baseball (18)

Chad Bendinelli, Michael Calitri, Jackson Cooke, James Dawson, Khalil Greene, Matthew Henrie, Brian Holstad, BJ Lamura, James Lindsey, John Pack, Michael Proto, Steve Pyzik, Michael Rhue, Jarrod Schmidt, Justin Singleton, Jonathan Smith, Henry Stanley, Casey Stone



Men's Basketball (6)

Adam Allenspach, Pasha Bains, Michael Crocker, Walker Holt, JD Powell, Jeremy Shyatt



Women's Basketball (6)

Yoneko Allen, Catherine Compton, Angie Cossey, Chrissy Floyd, Amirah Leonard, Courtney Wittstruck



Football (39)

Douglas Brunson, Chris Campbell, Chad Carson, Jermyn Chester, Antonio Elliott, Tucker Hamrick, Charles Harper, William Henry, Michael Horton, Marcus Lewis, Micah Lewis, Brian Mance, John McDermott, Will Merritt, Tif Miller, Marcez Mitchell, Matt Moler, Brian Outlaw, Henry Owen, David Padgett, John Page, Jimmy Polk, Jackie Robinson, Ryan Romano, Matt Schell, Jeff Scott, Willie Simmons, James Somaini, Chad Speck, Jason Stockunas, John Strait, Michael Straup, Russell Stuermann, Matthew Thompson, Bradley Vaughn, Khaleed Vaughn, Matt Watson, Morgan Woodward, Kyle Young


Golf (7)

Jonathan Byrd, Matt Hendrix, Tripp James, Francis Jones, Brennen King, Jani Saari, Michael Sims.


Rowing (38)

Kimberly Brown, Nicole Burdette, Nicole Burgess, Allison Cartee, Lisa Christopher, Jennifer Dillinger, Lucille Doolittle, Farrell Finstad, Danielle Goetz, Lynn Hill, Lauren Henne, Katherine Hunter, Dawn Jackson, Cortney Johnson, Jaimee Kamnik, Emily Kuivila, Christina Lindsey, Melanie Markley, Megan Marsick, Megan McGuirt, Erin Mickey, Lisa Mischley, Katherine Niebauer, Laura Olsen, Tenley Palisin, Brie Peters, Catherine Pitko, Heidi Robillard, Jennifer Rowe, Lisa Sherman, Katherine Sloan, Lauren Solymos, Amanda Specht, Lauren Teffeau, Martha Vandam, Cara Viverto, Annie Whiting, Amanda Williams


Men's Soccer (12)

Kevin Conaway, Lars Fallang, Ian Fuller, Pat Fullerton, Ross Goodacre, Kyle Goodrich, Andy Heck, Aaron Leininger, Michael Potempka, Nathan Rawlins, Perry Sosebee, Pablo Webster


Women's Soccer (8)

Nancy Augustyniak, Alison Burpee, Katherine Carson, Rachel Gallegos, Libby King, Cindy Mullinix, Julie Podhrasky, Tricia Williams.


Men's Swimming (10)

Chris Anderson, Alejandro Dubreuil, Rob Etheridge, Johnathan Folds, Michael Harris, Matt Norman, Kenny Roberts, Nate Spice, Craig Thomas, Joseph Tighe


Women's Swimming (21)

Leslie Anderson, Krystal Ball, Catherine Blaney, Mary Brewer, Jenna Burtch, Beverly Chin, Meghann Clifford, Erin Cumbie, Meagan Davis, Jessica Diebel, Carolina Douglas, Elizabeth Dwors, Sarah Keyes, Virginia Kirouac, Katie Mizell, Amber Odvody, Caroline Peterson, Lauren Rafferty, Aly Susterka, Elise Thieler, Amy Tolley


Men's Tennis (6)

Colin Atkinson, Sandon Barth, Eric Cohn, Marko Gojanovic, Kevin Gottfried, Joey Hopke


Women's Tennis (8)

Renata Brita, Cynthia Clausen, Carmina Giraldo, Becky Harmon, Laurence Jayet, Christina Oldock, Anna Savitskaya, Ana Stiglic


Men's Track (20)

David Abel, Charles Allen, Doug Ameigh, James Connelly, Thomas Flech, Andrew Geisler, Ben Hess, Paul Hill, Marcus Hodge, Adam Klotzbach, Robert Latham, George Lloyd, Matthew Lombardi, Peter Lukens, Johnathan Rogers, Charles Swannack, Robert Vanwageninge, Brett Varner, Bryan Williams, Jesse Woodard


Women's Track (11)

Beth Ahern, Joana Costa, Sarah Eliis, Melissa Manning, Mandy McLane, Jennifer Meador, Diane Schillow, Shannon Schoppman, Anne Stowell, Erika Vanreenen, Stephanie Zabel


Volleyball (7)

Mallory Benson, Anne Berki, Tami Bysura, Heidi Cooper, Skye Frost, Emily Gorla, Jodi Steffes


Managers (13)

Brad Batson, Spencer Bernstein, James Bickley, Joseph Egan, Brittany Fitschen, Adam Kerr, Aimee Mastin, Jennifer McGinnis, Richard Robbins, Steven Scott, Timothy VanHeule, Michael Work


Trainers (6)

Michael Beres, Amy Bodie, Jeffrey Chapman, Daniel Johnston, Paul Padgett, Ashley Smith

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