AUGUSTA, GA -- The Peach Belt Conference announced that a record-breaking 1,384 student-athletes have been named to the 22nd-annual Presidential Honor Roll. The list includes 89 student-athletes from Francis Marion University.
FMU placed student-athletes on the honor roll from each of its 12 sponsored sports.
The Presidential Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes at PBC institutions who had a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, based on a 4.00 scale, for the 2012-13 academic year. The honor roll is divided into four groups: Presidential Scholars (GPA of 3.00 to 3.24), Bronze Scholars (3.25 to 3.49), Silver Scholars (3.50 to 3.74), and Gold Scholars (3.75 to 4.00).
"These honorees demonstrate how higher education and athletics, or other extracurricular activities, can both succeed working hand-in-hand," said FMU director of athletics Murray Hartzler. "We strive to show excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom, and this success in turn reflects back to the players, our faculty and administration, and our fans."
Among the FMU athletes named to the honor roll were 10 who receive this recognition for the fourth time: baseball outfielder Dalton Gress (Aiken, SC), men's cross country runner Ian Wallace (Fort Mill, SC), golfers Sebastian Backlund (Bollebygd, Sweden) and Travis Gantt (Greenwood, SC), women's soccer player Kelly Kady (Huntingtown, MD), softball players Tristan Faile (Lancaster, SC) and Olivia Ferguson (Roanoke, VA), volleyball player Liz Drewry (Richmond, VA), and women's tennis players Mona Blauen (Cologne, Germany) and Kerry Hall (Durbin, South Africa).
Earlier this year, 85 student-athletes at Francis Marion were named to the university's Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll for the 2012 fall semester and 87 for the 2013 spring semester.
FMU student-athletes named to the 2012-13 PBC Presidential Honor Roll are:
Gold Scholar (3.75 or better GPA)
Dalton Gress (Baseball); Aiken, SC
Evrik Gary (Men's Basketball); Camden, SC
Ian Wallace (Men's Cross Country); Fort Mill, SC
Sebastian Backlund (Men's Golf); Bollebygd, Sweden
John Lurie Pate (Men's Golf); Coward, SC
Chuy Cruz (Men's Soccer); Austin, TX
Yasmin Bunter (Women's Soccer); Fleet, England
Kelly Kady (Women's Soccer); Huntingtown, MD
Kristina Marra (Women's Soccer); Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tristan Faile (Softball); Lancaster, SC
Christina Smoley (Softball); Ocoee, FL
Olivia Zielinski (Softball); Greenville, SC
Eimon Heywood (Men's Tennis); Huddersfield, England
Mona Blauen (Women's Tennis); Cologne, Germany
Kerry Hall (Women's Tennis); Durbin, South Africa
Liz Drewry (Volleyball); Richmond, VA
Jessica Imbimbo (Volleyball); Hudson, FL
Silver Scholar (3.5 - 3.74 GPA) Rhodes Dickerson (Baseball); Darlington, SC Chance DuCharme (Baseball); Kill Devil Hills, NC Tom Snyder (Men's Basketball); Blackwood, South Australia Guy McCarter (Men's Cross Country); Ladson, SC Lukas Crisp (Men's Golf); Gothensburg, Sweden Tobias Pettersen (Men's Golf); Sarpsborg, Norway Kenneth Svanum (Men's Golf); Skoppum, Norway Gino Lucarelli (Men's Soccer); Goose Creek, SC Pascal Magiera (Men's Soccer); Hemmingen, Germany Elizabeth Asare (Women's Soccer); Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Olivia Ferguson (Softball); Roanoke, VA Cat Zalud (Softball); Sarasota, FL Alex Caspari (Men's Tennis); Hurth, Germany Tim Ruepke (Men's Tennis); Bremen, Germany Marius Wahlier (Men's Tennis); Cologne, Germany Tereza Baranova (Women's Tennis); Frydlant nad Ostravici, Czech Republic Caitlin Siney (Women's Tennis); Harare, Zimbabwe Megan Mooney (Volleyball); Lake Oswego, OR Paige Perreault (Volleyball); Kankakee, IL
Bronze Scholar (3.25 - 3.49 GPA) Harrison Hood (Baseball); Charlotte, NC Jarrod Reed (Baseball); Semmes, AL Shaefer Shepard (Baseball); Boca Raton, FL Tyler Deihl (Men's Basketball); Woodstock, GA Chris Thomas (Men's Basketball); Holly Springs, NC Camille Dash (Women's Basketball); Savannah, GA Kim Roach (Women's Basketball); Columbia, SC Dustin McRae (Men's Cross Country); Florence, SC Tyler Waters (Men's Track & Field); Clover, SC Kasey Bradley (Women's Cross Country); Florence, SC Diana Levy (Women's Cross Country); Hackettstown, NJ Hannah Muzzillo (Women's Cross Country); Florence, SC Austin Frick (Men's Golf); Myrtle Beach, SC Travis Gantt (Men's Golf); Greenwood, SC John Michael Schaffer (Men's Golf); Sumter, SC Fredrik Sporck (Men's Golf); Horten, Norway Matthew McNab (Men's Soccer); Bradenton, FL Carson Nance (Men's Soccer); Florence, SC Cameron Picone (Men's Soccer); Summerville, SC David Sheridan (Men's Soccer); Glasgow, Scotland Igor Souza (Men's Soccer); Sao Paulo, Brazil Joergen Tesdal (Men's Soccer); Stord, Norway Janise Finney (Women's Soccer); Charlotte, NC Sandy Odembo (Women's Soccer); Shelby, NC Arianna Pierner (Women's Soccer); North Augusta, SC Brittney Smith (Women's Soccer); Arkport, NY Lindsey Brown (Softball); Concord, NC Katie Carnes (Softball); Pageland, SC Luke Bateup (Men's Tennis); Beckenham, England Lucas Jackson (Men's Tennis); Florence, SC
Presidential Scholar (3.0 - 3.24) Jamie Collins (Baseball); St. George, SC Zach Fraley (Baseball); Weston, FL Brett Fulmer (Baseball); Columbia, SC Stephen Tarkenton (Baseball); Newnan, GA Ryan Trout (Baseball); North Charleston, SC Kristen Dickerson (Women's Basketball); Columbia, SC Jasmine Williams-Hayes (Women's Basketball); Yorktown, VA Michael Bigelow (Men's Cross Country); Florence, SC London Barnhill (Women's Cross Country); Hemingway, SC Dani Velasquez (Women's Cross Country / Soccer); Florence, SC Tom Gillette (Men's Soccer); London, England Taylor King (Men's Soccer); Pawley's Island, SC Tyler Norris (Men's Soccer); Brandenton, FL Jordan Allen (Women's Soccer); Clover, SC Kylie Allen (Women's Soccer); Clover, SC Chanel Harris (Women's Soccer); Toronto, Ontario, Canada Kristie Hanewinckel (Softball); Dunnellon, FL Gavin Davison (Men's Tennis); Bingley, England Julia Graf (Women's Tennis); Aerzen, Germany Charne McClurkin (Women's Tennis); Ridgeway, SC Alex Matz (Volleyball); Louisville, KY Kailey Smith (Volleyball); Sumner, WA Brianna West (Volleyball); Lexington, SC