Elon tops SoCon Academic Honor Roll
230 Phoenix athletes made the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, placing Elon first among league schools for 2013-14.
Elon University topped the Southern Conference academic honor roll for 2013-14 with a league-best 230 student-athletes on the honor roll. A total of 1,915 student-athletes from the 11 member institutions earned the distinction.
The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars.
Of the nearly 2,000 student-athletes on the list, 873 earned the Commissioner's Medal, awarded annually to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher throughout the year. Of those, 81 had perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Elon had 95 student-athletes earn the Commissioner's Medal with eight of those holding a perfect 4.0 GPA. Those 4.0's belong to women's cross country/track and field's Kaitlin Stober, men's golf's Jonathan DiIanni, women's golf's Sunna Vidisdottir, men's soccer's Thorsten Pacher, softball's Emily Roper, women's tennis' Frida Jansaker and women's soccer's Sydney Branson and Kim Gardner.
The honor roll includes all 19 SoCon-sponsored sports as well as the non-sponsored sports of field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving and rifle.