School is out, but info about academics and grades is never out of season. The Atlantic Sun released its numbers for the 2011-12 year, and Mercer broke down its success for the year;
Mercer student-athletes separated themselves from the class once again, as 146 Bears collected Atlantic Sun Academic Awards in an announcement made by the conference office Thursday. Mercer’s 146 honorees represented over 73% of the school’s student-athletes, the third-highest percentage among league institutions.
To be named an Atlantic Sun All-Academic selection, a student-athlete must earn a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average during the individual’s competitive season. Mercer’s 146 recognitions were seven more than during the 2010-11 academic year, yielding a 5% bump overall.
In addition to the All-Academic selections, a handful of Mercer student-athletes garnered more prestigious A-Sun recognitions. Andrew Jones (Men’s Cross Country), Christina Kivi (Women’s Cross Country), Marc Kushinka (Men’s Cross Country) and Jennifer Lada (Women’s Tennis) were among 42 recipients of the President’s Scholar, an award reserved for student-athletes who have completed a minimum of 48 credit hours, completed their final year of eligibility, received their bachelor’s degree and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.800 or better.
Four others – Vanessa Breslin (Women’s Soccer), Keri Lynn Carson (Women’s Golf), Caitlin Peisel (Softball) and Phillip Thoren (Men’s Soccer) – were named Commissioner’s Scholar winners after completing a minimum of 48 credit hours, completing their final year of eligibility, receiving their bachelor’s degree and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.600-3.799.
The report also cited 39 Conference Scholars, representing 11 of Mercer’s 16 men’s and women’s teams. Conference Scholars have completed at least 48 credit hours and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.400 or above.
Men’s and women’s soccer each fielded six Conference Scholars, while softball and baseball had five, women’s cross country had four, women’s golf had three and sand volleyball, volleyball, women’s tennis, men’s golf and men’s cross country all had two recipients each.
And from the Atlantic Sun:
More than 65 percent of the student-athletes in the Atlantic Sun Conference posted a 3.0 grade point average or better during the 2011-12 competition season, establishing a new record for academic excellence.
A total of 41 student-athletes earned Presidential Scholar recognition by completing their eligibility with a GPA of 3.8 or better.
Among this elite group of scholars, eight received their undergraduate degrees while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA including volleyball Player of the Year Katie Rose from Lipscomb University. Others with a perfect 4.0 GPA include: Mercer’s Christian Kivi (Cross Country) and Jennifer Lada (Women’s Tennis); Stetson’s Maria Harper (Cross Country) and J.R. Weston (Men’s Basketball); and three others from Lipscomb including Brittany Duerk (Women’s Basketball), Kirsten Keikkinen (Women’s Soccer) and Ashley Lehman (Women’s Cross Country).
Another 46 student-athletes claimed Commissioner Scholar recognition for landing between the 3.6 and 3.79 GPA status upon graduation.
Conference Scholar recognition was bestowed on another 406 individuals for their sustained achievement over at least two years to go with a 3.4 mark or better.
The A-Sun recognized 1,416 student-athletes as All-Academic selections for their work in the classroom by reaching the 3.0 mark. Additionally, 89 percent of the A-Sun’s 18 championship teams had at least half of the student-athletes on their rosters earn All-Academic recognition.
Four institutions eclipsed the 70 percent mark for All-Academic selections led by Belmont University who took home the Academic Trophy with over 76 percent of their student-athletes earning recognition. Lipscomb’s 185 total honorees were the most in the conference and their 74 percent mark the second best while Mercer (73%) and Stetson (71%) student-athletes excelled above the 70 percent barrier as well.
You can see more here from the A-Sun here: