CLEVELAND, OHIO --- 63 Lees-McRae student-athletes are 2015-2016 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award winners, the Division 2 Athletics Association announced Thursday evening.
A total of 156 institutions and a record number of student-athletes (8,072) were recognized as 2015-16 Academic Achievement Award winners.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2 ADA. Also, the student-athlete must: have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work; and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
Limestone College led the way for Conference Carolinas with 110 recipients, while Pfeiffer University posted 79 award winners. King University would notch 66 winners, with Lees-McRae and University of Mount Olive each garnering 63. Closing out the award winners was Barton College with 47, Belmont Abbey College with 45 and Erskine College with 19.
Coach Kiko Magaña's women's soccer squad led all LMC teams with 15 representatives while Rich Wall's men's soccer team had 10 members. Men's basketball placed seven members on the list while women's volleyball, softball and men's lacrosse had five each.
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 12 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.