LMU breaks school record with 150 SAC Honor Roll selections

Published 4:38 pm Monday, June 25, 2018

ROCK HILL, S.C. — For the fifth consecutive year, the Lincoln Memorial University athletics department broke its previous record for South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll selections by landing 150 student-athletes on the list for the 2017-18 academic year, which was released by the league office on Thursday.

In total, a record 1,710 SAC student-athletes representing 11 institutions and 20 sports were named to the 2017-18 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, presented annually to recognize academic achievement.

In order to be eligible for inclusion on the list, student-athletes must have competed in a sponsored championship sport while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.

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“We are extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes in the SAC,” said league commissioner Patrick Britz. “In addition to being successful on the court and playing field, our student-athletes, coaches and administrators have worked very hard to ensure success in the classroom, and we are thrilled to recognize this accomplishment.”

It was another banner year academically for the LMU athletics department as the school’s over 400 student-athletes posted a cumulative 3.24 GPA for the academic year while 17 of the 21 teams finished with a 3.00 GPA or better. All told, 167 athletes finished the spring semester with at least a 3.5 GPA while 35 notched a perfect 4.0.

Lincoln Memorial’s 150 SAC Honor Roll selections were the seventh-most in the conference but ranked second among non-football schools. It also represents a 14-person increase from last year’s record 136 honorees.

In addition to that, Lincoln Memorial made its largest year-to-year increase since jumping from 95 honorees in 2015 to 134 in 2016.

In total, nine LMU teams landed at least 10 student-athletes on the honor roll. Baseball led the department with 16 selections, while men’s soccer finished just off that mark with 15. Men’s lacrosse (13), women’s soccer (12) and women’s volleyball (12) also finished within range of the top spot.

The women’s tennis team was responsible for the highest percentage of honor roll selections as all 10 players listed on the roster maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better.

Women’s lacrosse (11), softball (11), women’s basketball (10), women’s golf (8) also made significant contributions to the list, while the track and field and cross country teams combined to have 19 student-athletes earn honor roll recognition.