January 4, 2011

13 LMC student-athletes earn 4.0 GPA in 2010 Fall Semester

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Thirteen Lees-McRae College student-athletes, representing 10 sports, earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the 2010 fall semester, announced athletic director Craig McPhail Tuesday.

Women's cross country led the way with three representatives, while two student-athletes from both the women's cycling and women's volleyball teams completed the semester with a 4.0 GPA. Overall, Bobcat student-athletes earned a combined 2.97 GPA this fall, elevating the athletic department's overall cumulative grade point average to 2.95.

In all, 10 of LMC's 18 athletic programs posted a team GPA of at least 3.0 this past semester, led by the women's lacrosse team with a team GPA of 3.348. Also earning a team GPA of at least 3.0 were women's cross country (3.301), women's cycling (3.25), women's basketball (3.21), softball (3.093), women's volleyball (3.088), men's volleyball (3.06), women's track and field (3.036), men's tennis (3.024), and men's cycling (3.02).

"This is an outstanding achievement by our student-athletes," said McPhail. "I am proud of them as well as their coaches who have worked hard to keep a balance between athletics and academics. It is a strong statement to the quality individuals we have working at Lees-McRae College."

Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.

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Fall Athletes with 4.0 GPA

Name Sport(s)
Edward Dolan Men's Lacrosse
Bradley King Men's Track & Field
Juan Ramirez Men's Volleyball
Erica Zaveta Women's Cross Country/Women's Cycling
Nathan Trimble Men's Cycling
Kira Shoemaker Women's Cross Country/Women's Cycling
Ben Hulse Men's Cycling
Melissa Jensen Women's Basketball
Crystal Fischer Women's Cross Country/Women's Track & Field
Taylor Clendenin Women's Volleyball
Whitney Justice Women's Volleyball
Travis Vanhoy Men's Tennis
Lindsey Huntsinger Softball