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Chattanooga Places 25 on Academic All-SoCon Team
Jenna Nurik and the women's tennis team had four student-athletes on the Academic All-SoCon Team.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had 25 student-athletes represented on the Academic All-SoCon team for the spring semester announced on Thursday by the Southern Conference. The squad consisted of representatives from men's golf, men's tennis, softball, track and field, women's golf and women's tennis.

To be eligible for Academic All-SoCon, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the spring season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the recently-concluded spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters. 

Out of the 13 student-athletes that maintained a perfect 4.0 g.p.a., Chattanooga had three in seniors David Moore (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) and Shelley Taylor (Cohutta, Ga.) and sophomore Morgan Buchanan (Johnson City, Tenn.), all of whom competed on the track and field team.

The Mocs track and field team led the way with a total of six men and six women garnering academic honors from the conference. Women's tennis was second with four followed by women's golf with three representatives. Men's golf, men's tennis and softball each had three student-athletes honored.

After 36 student-athletes were named to the team following the fall campaign, Chattanooga added 25 more in the spring to increase the total for the 2010-11 academic year to 61 student-athletes earning Academic All-SoCon.

This spring, Chattanooga set a school record with 33 student-athletes posting a perfect 4.0 g.p.a. across all sports. The athletic department also set a program-best with a 2.97 cumulative g.p.a. It was the seventh-straight semester that the Mocs have raised their g.pa.

For a complete list of the 2011 SoCon Spring Academic All-Conference Team, see the PDF at the top of the page.

Mocs on the 2011 Spring Academic All-Conference Team
Men's Golf (2)
Stephan Jaeger and Steven Fox.

Track and Field (12)
David Moore - 4.0, Chris Berry, Mark Cole, Lucas Cotter, K
yle McLarty, Emmanuel Kirwa, Morgan Buchanan - 4.0, Shelley Taylor - 4.0, Kathryn Stuart, Monika Groppe, Tara Gietema and Mary Cumbee.

Men's Tennis (2)
William Disterdick and Jackson Tresnan.

Softball (2)
Tiffany Baker and Kandice Irwin.

Women's Golf (3)
Maria Juliana Loza, Emma de Groot and Christine Wolf.

Women's Tennis (4)
Jenna Nurik, Grace Robinette, Shaina Singh and Annie Green.

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