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Winthrop Athletes Land On Big South Conference's Presidential Honor Roll

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 The Big South Conference placed more than 1,000 students-athletes on its prestigious annual Presidential Honor Roll list for the 2011-12 academic season.
 Winthrop University led all Big South institutions, placing 64.76 percent of its 210 student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll.

Tom Hickman
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Winthrop led all Big South Conference institutions with the highest percentage of student-athletes who earned recognition on the prestigious Presidential Honor Roll list for the 2011-12 academic year.

Winthrop placed 64.76 percent of its 210 student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll and was one of six full-time conference members to have at least 50 percent on the list, it was announced on Thursday by Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle Kallander.

This recognition follows Winthrop's recent accomplishment of capturing the Big South's Kallander Cup which recognizes outstanding community service for a fourth consecutive year.

"My congratulations go out to our student-athletes for their great performance in the classroom, and also to our coaches and academic staff for the support and encouragement they provide.," said Winthrop athletic director Tom Hickman. "Having nearly 65 percent of our student-athletes achieve this recognition is something for which they can be very proud."

To be named to the Presidential Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the recently-completed academic year. A total of 1,547 out of 3,278 student-athletes – 47.19 percent – from all Big South schools are included on the list. The 47.19 percentage marks the highest percentage since 2003 and is the eighth-straight year above the 40 percent threshold, as well as the seventh consecutive year-to-year improvement. It is also the third year-in-a row over 45 percent.

Listed behind Winthrop was UNC Asheville with 57.89 percent of its 171 student-athletes on the list, while Gardner-Webb had 56.47 percent of its 317 student-athletes among the honorees to rank third. Liberty was the fourth member with at least 50 percent, placing 55.36 percent of its 401 student-athletes on the annual listing, followed by Presbyterian College at 53.40 percent of its 294 student-athletes. Radford also surpassed the 50 percent threshold as 54.07 percent of its 246 student-athletes achieved at least a 3.0 GPA.

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