Clemson student-athletes have best fall academic semester ever

Eight teams top 3.0 GPA mark, including men's basketball for first time

Clemson's Catalin Baciu, left, drives to the basket as Wake Forest's Carson Desrosiers defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

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Clemson's Catalin Baciu, left, drives to the basket as Wake Forest's Carson Desrosiers defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Eight Clemson athletic teams, including the men’s basketball program for the first time on record, scored at least a 3.0 in the first semester according to academic data released by the University’s Office of Institutional Research.

Overall, 51 percent of the student-athletes made the academic honor roll, including 106 who made the Dean’s List and 40 who were on the President’s List. A total of 225 were on the academic honor roll. It was the first time eight different teams had at least a 3.0 since the Spring of 2007.

The GPA for all student-athletes combined was a 2.94, the second best on record and the best fall semester in history. The 2.97 recorded for the Spring of 2009 is the only semester that is higher.

“We are once again very pleased with this report,” said Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips. “Becky Bowman and the staff at Vickery Hall are to be commended because we are seeing consistent excellence in this area and it carries over to the APR and graduation rate reports.

“The performance of our men’s basketball team was particularly noteworthy and I commend Coach Brad Brownell and his student-athletes.

The women’s swimming team posted a 3.55 team GPA to lead all of Clemson’s programs, the third straight semester with at least a 3.5 team GPA for Coach Chris IP’s team. It was also the 25th straight semester with at least a 3.0, an all-time record for any sport at Clemson.

The women’s cross country team was close behind with a 3.46 team GPA for the first semester. Other women’s sports with at least a 3.0 were the rowing program (3.23) and the women’s soccer program (3.07).. It was the 23rd straight semester with at least a 3.0 for the women’s soccer program. The rowing team had the most student-athletes on the academic honor roll with 53.

The women’s track program, ranked second in the nation in the latest poll, had 19 student-athletes on the academic honor roll, including All-Americans Kim Ruck, Alyssa Kulik and April Sinkler.

Leading the men’s sports was the basketball team. The program had a 3.13 team GPA for the first semester as nine of the 12 squad members had at least a 3.0. This broke the previous record for team GPA by a Clemson basketball team. The previous best was a 2.96 GPA in the fall semester of 1983 under Bill Foster. The nine team members on the academic honor roll were also a school record.

All four of the seniors (Bryan Narcisse, Catalin Baciu, Tanner Smith and Andre Young) made the academic honor roll, including Baciu and Smith, who made the Dean’s List. Freshmen T.J. Sapp (Dean’s List), Devin Coleman and Bernard Sullivan, all made the academic honor roll as well.

Clemson’s top 20 men’s golf team also had a strong fall in the classroom with a 3.09 GPA, the best for the program in 11 years and the fourth best on record. Freshmen Hayden Garrett and Stephen Behr had perfect 4.0 semesters, while classmate Billy Kennerly also had at least a 3.0. Crawford Reeves made the academic honor roll for the fifth straight semester as well.

The men’s tennis team and the cross country squads also made at least a 3.0 for the fall. The baseball team had a strong 2.94 team GPA and had 19 student-athletes on the academic honor roll.

Clemson’s football team posted a 2.49 team GPA as 27 student-athletes made the academic honor roll. The list of academic honor roll members included Dalton Freeman and Dawson Zimmerman, who both had perfect 4.0.

Other starters on the academic honor roll were first-team All-ACC quarterback Tajh Boyd, second-team kicker Chandler Catanzaro, linebacker Corico Hawkins, and Coty Sensabaugh.

Academic GPAs by Sport

Baseball 2.94

Basketball, Men 3.13

Basketball, Women 2.72

Cross Country, Men 3.11

Cross Country, Women 3.46

Football 2.49

Golf 3.09

Rowing 3.23

Soccer, Men 2.92

Soccer, Women 3.07

Swimming, Men 2.92

Swimming, Women 3.55

Tennis, Men 3.01

Tennis, Women 2.74

Track, Men 2.54

Track, Women 2.64

Volleyball 2.99

Fall 2011 Honor Roll by Sport

Baseball:

Patrick Andrews, Kyle Bailey, Clay Bates, Jay Baum, Kevin Brady, Thomas Brittle, Matt Campbell, Kevin Caughman, Scott Firth, Brock Goodling, Mike Kent, Spencer Kieboom, Jonathan McGibbon, Jonathan Meyer, Joseph Moorefield, Phil Pohl, Kevin Pohle, Richie Shaffer, Stephen Wilkerson

Football:

William Bello, Tajh Boyd, Beau Brown, Jaron Brown, Chandler Catanzaro, Greg Colquitt, Steven Demaras, Wes Forbush, Brandon Ford, Dalton Freeman, Will Harrison, Corico Hawkins, Corbin Jenkins, Mansa Joseph, Donny McElveen, Justin Parker, Julian Patton, Morgan Roberts, Coty Sensabaugh, Spencer Shuey, Tra Thomas, Gifford Timothy, Sam Van Gieson, Joshua Watson, Charles Wilson, Dawson Zimmerman

Golf:

Stephen Behr, Thomas Bradshaw, Brewer Bradshaw, David Dannelly, Hayden Garrett, William Kennerly, Crawford Reeves

Men’s Basketball:

Catalin Baciu, Devin Booker, Devin Coleman, Carson Fields, Bryan Narcisse, TJ Sapp, Tanner Smith, Bernard Sullivan, Andre Young

Men’s Soccer:

Ara Amirkhanian, Brynjar Benediktsson, Brandon Burkholder, Alex Burnikel, Nick Burton, Josh Doran, Bo Godwin, Tyler Happ, Cody Mizell, Ben Myers, Austin Savage, Alex Stockinger, Lassiter Tollison

Men’s Swimming and Diving:

Derek Barre, Seth Broster, Alexander Brown, Shayne Buckley, Eric Carr, Patrick Chamberlain, Scott Clary, Chris Dart, Marcus Elliott, David Groseclose, Chase Henderson, Chris Reinke

Men’s Track and Field:

James Dwyer, Warren Fraser, Martin Maloney, Ty McCormack, Samuel McGill, Justin Murdock, Thor Serafenas, Scott Stanley, Niccolas Tones, Timothy Tyler, Torian Ware

Men’s Tennis:

Hunter Harrington, Cal Hilsman, Dominique Maden, Yannick Maden, Wesley Moran

Rowing:

Kristen Agee, Ariane Alexandrescu, Stephanie Allen, Laura Basadonna, Kathleen Biladeau, Taylor Blanton, Kristina Brown, Becca Brown, Katie Bruggeling, Stephanie Cameron, Charlotte Case, Rebekah Clogston, Heather Cummings, Alana DeKlerk, McKenzie DuBrul, Samantha Duggan, Laura D’Urso, Sarah Fox, Virginia Fritsche, Maria Gutierrez, Laura Haselden, Kyndal Heller, Marissa Henry, Taylor Hoynacki, Lindsey Hughes, Kelsey Igo, Jackie Kovach, Kaitlyn Kowalski, Eden Kuhn, Giulia Longatti, Kristin Manna, Emily Massey, Elizabeth McVey, Christina Morcom, Katie Mosier, Julia Ost, Kerianne Pacheco, Anne Pribonic, Kendra Prosser, Bre Przestrzelski, Carissa Richardson, Marie Rosasco, Kelsie Saurber, Kathleen Scibelli, Rachel Sealby, April Serieno, Maryann Sims, Lucy Steer, Victoria Sullivan, Caroline Thomas, Jenny Tumas, Leslie Wall, Kathryn Wiley

Volleyball:

Sandra Adeleye, Sarah Campbell, Brittany Fennell, Jennifer Lane, Natalie Patzin, Alexa Rand, Mo Simmons

Women’s Basketball:

Kelly Gramlich, Genevieve Hammett, Lindsey Mason

Women’s Soccer:

Ashlynne Bass, Brittany Beaumont, Liska Dobberstein, Madison Elder, Jona Hauksdottir, Haley Hunt, Rachel Hurd, Sarah Jacobs, Hailey Karg, Heather Marik, Margaret Murphy, Katelyn Reeve, Deana Sherry

Women’s Swimming and Diving:

Meg Anderson, Sarah Bechard, Heather Britt, Alisha Cervone, Victoria Cervone, Hannah Cleveland, Jessica Doolittle, Jenny Erickson, Kelly Fowler, Brooke George, Emily Howard, Kelsey Krauss, Kelly McGee, Kerry McLaughlin, Deanna Piper, Alexandra Polhill, Raquel Raybon, Kristen Redmond, Cassie Self, Sarah Smith, Garrison Stevens, Maddie Tarantolo, Chelsea Uranaka, Elizabeth Whalen, Emily Yoder

Women’s Track and Field:

Natalie Anthony, Caroline Bond, Elysa Borisko, Karine Farias, Meghan Flanagan, Christy Gasparino, Lisa Girard, Alyssa Henshaw, Katherine Inclan, Alyssa Kulik, Abby Lewis, Laura Loveless, Janie Marion, Alexa Neiling, Lauren Reen, Kim Ruck, April Sinkler, Brannon Sulka, Sarah Turman

Women’s Tennis:

Beatrice Gumulya, Yana Koroleva, Klara Vyskocilova

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