ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – A record 1,703 student-athletes, spanning each of the South Atlantic Conference’s 12 member institutions and 18 sports, were named to the 2016-17 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The number of honorees represents an increase of 148 student-athletes from last year’s list.
To be eligible for inclusion on the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, student-athletes must have competed in a sponsored championship sport and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher throughout the academic year.
"To have another record-breaking number of student-athletes on this list is a great honor for the entire South Atlantic Conference,” said South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz. “Our student-athletes, coaches and administrators work very hard to have success in the classroom and on the court/field of play and I am thrilled to recognize this accomplishment."
Lenoir-Rhyne led the South Atlantic Conference with 188 student-athletes on the honor roll. Tusculum came in at No. 2 with 172. In third was Queens with 167, ahead of Wingate who posted 160. At No. 5 was Newberry with 153, followed by Coker with 139 and Lincoln Memorial with 136. At No. 8 was Carson-Newman as it placed 134 student-athletes on the list. Anderson and Catawba tied for the No. 9 slot with 128. Mars Hill recorded 105 student-athletes on the honor roll, while Brevard rounded out the list with 93.
Among the notable honor roll selections were six SAC Players of the Year from 2016-17:
Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman | Women’s Soccer
Nathan Jones, Mars Hill | Men’s Cross Country
Megan Pittman, Lincoln Memorial | Women’s Hoops
Jules Athalis, Queens | Women’s Tennis
Carlotta Nassi, Queens | Men’s Tennis
Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne | Men’s Lacrosse