RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Following the completion of the 2017-18 season of competition in the Great American Conference, the league office announced that a record 471 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 20 from the prior high.
SWOSU had 26 student-athletes earn the Academic All-Conference distinction in the spring, joining 30 Bulldogs who made the list for the fall semester. After claiming a Great American Conference Championship back in February, the SWOSU Women’s Basketball team led the way with six players named to the Academic All-GAC squad, where they were joined by five from Bulldog Baseball, four from Women’s Golf and Track & Field, three from Men’s Basketball and two apiece from Men’s Golf and Softball.
“I am perpetually amazed by the achievements of the student-athletes within the league,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “They continue to raise their academic standard in the classroom all while performing at championship levels on the field of play.”
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.
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