The Southern Conference announced its Academic All-Conference team for the 2008 fall season today. The Chattanooga Mocs placed 17 student-athletes on the list, the most representatives for a fall team by UTC since 18 Mocs earned the honor in the 2005 fall semester.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point-average entering the fall season and must have competed in at least half of their team’s competitions during the recently-concluded fall campaign. This is the seventh year that the Southern Conference has named an Academic All-Conference Team by season.
Chattanooga also boasted three of the six Southern Conference student-athletes who currently have 4.0 grade-point-averages. Men’s cross country junior David Moore, volleyball sophomore Courtney Barnes and women’s cross country sophomore Jordyn Radke all have 4.0 g.p.a’s in their respective majors.
“I would like to congratulate all of our fall sports Academic All-Conference honorees,” stated Chattanooga Director of Athletics Rick Hart. “Their hard work on the fields of play and in the classroom is definitely paying off and they are very deserving of this recognition. I would also like to recognize the examples set by David, Courtney and Jordyn. Maintaining a 4.0 g.p.a. while competing at a high level of Division I athletics is an accomplishment that should be celebrated.”
Junior Steven Smigelsky represented the Mocs’ football team on the list while sophomore Matt Baltimore, senior Kevin Huwe and junior Blake Ketron joined Moore from the men’s cross country squad. Barnes, freshman Jessica Scott and sophomore Bailee Chastain were honored from the Mocs’ volleyball team while Radke was joined by her women’s cross country teammates senior Sabrina Lefort and sophomore Meredith White. UTC women’s soccer team led the way with five representatives, including sophomores Serena Allen, Jessica Dugger and Sara Franceson and juniors Marlee Jenkins and Arielle Lankford.