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Winthrop Student-Athletes Excel Once Again In The Classroom

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 According to figures, 154 student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA during the spring semester, and of that group, 13 finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA to earn recognition on the President’s List.
 Another 63 earned a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99.

Dequesha McClanahan is one of the 154
student-athletes who earned at least a 3.0
GPA during spring 2014.
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Winthrop University student-athletes are standouts on the court, field and track where their stellar play earns them numerous Big South athletic honors.

However, the Eagles also are stars in the classroom. In addition to their impressive athletic successes, Winthrop student-athletes have once again achieved excellence in the classroom as they compiled a 3.08 cumulative grade point average for the 2014 spring semester and nearly 55 percent of the student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher.

According to figures announced by Joanna Harris, the director of academic services for Winthrop Athletics, 154 student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA during the spring semester, and of that group, 13 finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA to earn recognition on the President’s List. Another 63 earned a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99.

With its successful spring academic showing, Winthrop is now in the running to be the Big South Conference leader for the highest percentage of student-athletes on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll list. Winthrop student-athletes have been the Big South leader in two of the past three years. The announcement of this year’s winner is expected to be made by the conference office in July. Winthrop is assured of having more than 50 percent of its student-athletes achieve BSC Presidential Honor Roll status for the fifth straight year.

"We are certainly proud that our student-athletes have had another very successful semester in the classroom, showing once again that our coaches and academic support staff do a great job of recruiting and mentoring our student-athletes,” said Winthrop Athletic Director Tom Hickman. “We obviously want our teams to be successful in the arena of competition, but we are even more interested in helping them earn their bachelor's degrees and going on to become positive contributors to society. With the pressures and time demands on today's student-athletes, the academic achievements of the past semester are even more impressive," he said.

A total of 10 teams had a spring team GPA above a 3.0 and eight teams achieved a 3.0 for both the fall and spring semesters. The list includes: women’s cross country & track (fall and spring), women’s soccer (fall and spring), women’s basketball (fall and spring), men’s tennis (fall and spring), women’s tennis (fall and spring), men’s golf (fall and spring), women’s golf (fall and spring), softball (fall and spring), men’s cross country & track (spring), and lacrosse (spring).

Women’s golf compiled the highest team GPA for the spring at 3.57, while men’s tennis was second with a 3.42 GPA.

Individually, student-athletes across the university’s 18 sports teams earned a variety of academic awards and distinctions. Some of these high-achieving students include:

• Track and cross country athlete Jeanne Stroud ’14 (Charleston, South Carolina) capped off her impressive career by being named Big South Woman of the Year. The award criteria included academic excellence. An English major, she was the recipient of the LIFE Scholarship, a three-time President’s List honoree, four-time member of the Dean’s List and a four-year recipient of the Kinard Scholarship.
• Basketball standout Dequesha McClanahan was among 20 players who were named to the 12th annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Basketball Teams. McClanahan maintained a 3.34 GPA while majoring in exercise science. She was also named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team for women's basketball this past season.
Logan McCarthy, a sophomore exercise science major and midfield lacrosse player from Annapolis, Maryland, maintained a 3.34 GPA, earning her a spot on the 2014 Big South All-Academic Team.
• Recent Major League Baseball Draft pick, and business administration graduate, T.J. Olesczuk ’14 was also voted to the All-Academic Team based on his 3.7 GPA.
• Rural Treat, Virginia’s Hannah Hadaway ‘14 won several academic honors this year: Winthrop’s prestigious Tillman Award, awarded to the student in the graduating class with the highest GPA, and the George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence from the Big South Conference. A track and field runner, the biology major maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her four years.

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