• The Southwestern

33 SWOSU athletes on GAC winter/spring academic team

On Monday, the Great American Conference announced that a record 552 student-athletes achieved Academic All-Conference honors in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, baseball and softball, an increase of 42 from the prior high, set last year.

SWOSU had 33 student-athletes earn a spot on the team, led by nine apiece from the Lady Bulldog Basketball and Track & Field teams. Bulldog Baseball and Softball had five individuals apiece on the All-Academic list while Men’s Golf had four and Women’s Golf rounded out the honorees with one student-athlete.

“Division II places the balance of athletic pursuit and academic excellence in its highest regards,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “We again shattered our record for All-Academic honorees. I commend all of these student-athletes for maintaining their commitment excellence in the classroom during this unprecedented year.”

GAC baseball student-athletes garnered the most All-Academic selections, 119, followed by 108 from softball, 85 in women’s basketball and 84 from women’s track & field. For the full 2019-20 academic year, 966 student-athletes earned All-Academic honors, 85 more than the previous single-year high for the conference.

For student-athletes to be recognized on the Academic All-Conference team, they must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution. In addition, their grade-point average must be a minimum of 3.30 based on the 4.0 system. The GPA shall be cumulative for the athlete's entire collegiate career.

By SWOSU Public Relations

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