WACO (January 11, 2010)--A school-record 254 Baylor student-athletes earned a place on the fall 2009 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, including 38 with perfect 4.0 semester grade-point averages.
It marked the fifth consecutive term more than 200 Baylor student-athletes earned Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.
"This fall's academic performance by our student-athletes is the best on record and reason for both celebration and an expression of gratitude for their hard work," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "I want to thank our academic support staff for their excellent work and commend our coaches and the Baylor faculty for the important role that they play in the lives of our student-athletes."
Baylor student-athletes registering a 4.00 fall semester grade-point average included: Melanie Appeal (equestrian), Ryan Batson (equestrian), Kyle Cash (men's track & field), Alex Colyer (softball), Gwen Corches (men's tennis), Brady Desko (men's track & field), Mamadou Diene (men's basketball), Steve DalPorto (baseball), Derek Epperson (football), Courtney Fewell (equestrian), Nick Florence (football), Sammy Francis (equestrian), Chris Gordon (men's tennis), Chris Gowell (men's track & field), Lauren Hagans (women's track & field), Joseph Hawkins (men's track & field), Brittany Hunemuller (women's soccer), Taylor Jackson (men's track & field), Bethany Johnston (women's soccer), Dana Larsen (women's soccer), Deanna Miles (women's golf), Blake Niccum (men's track & field), Lucy Quintana (women's soccer), Philip Raaf (men's track & field), Diamond Richardson (women's track & field), Logan Roberts (men's track & field), Ryan Roberts (football), Jeff Sadler (men's track & field), Jaden Schupp (equestrian), Chris Slater (baseball), Mary Smitson (equestrian), Michael Stevick (men's track & field), Linh Tran (women's track & field), Caitlyn Trice (volleyball), Jessica Ubanyionwu (women's track & field), J.D. Walton (football), Cate Westenhover (women's track & field), Kim Woodsum (equestrian).
Acknowledging all student-athletes for classroom success, the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll is an inclusive honor for varsity sports sponsored by the league membership. The Honor Roll is recorded and released each semester and recognizes those student-athletes who had a 3.00 or better grade-point average in the previous semester. More than 3,000 student-athletes each semester have been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the league's 14-year history.
The cumulative grade-point average of all Baylor student-athletes for the fall 2009 semester was a school-record 3.05, which marked the third consecutive semester their cumulative GPA topped the 3.0 mark. The 2008 fall and 2009 spring semesters mark the only other times in Big 12 history that Baylor's cumulative student-athlete GPA was above a 3.00. All-told, Baylor had a record 85 student-athletes on the fall Dean's List, which is awarded to students with a 3.7 GPA, enrolled in at least 12 hours and make no grade lower than a C.
A school-record 12 Baylor teams registered a term cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.00 for the fall semester, led by the 2009 Big 12 champion men's tennis team's 3.53 mark.
"Academic and athletic success has become a tradition at Baylor University and our student-athletes have bought into our programs that we offer in Student-Athlete services and do an excellent job in the classroom and on the playing fields," said Baylor's Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services Bart Byrd. "Records are made to be broken, but I am truly amazed at the accomplishments of our student-athletes. They continue to set the bar higher and higher for future student-athletes.
"I want to thank the student-athletes, coaches, administration, my staff and the faculty at Baylor for making this one of the most successful Fall terms at Baylor," he added. "These accomplishments are truly a reflection of the team and family atmosphere that exists at Baylor."
A December-record 41 Baylor student-athletes from 15 sports earned their bachelor's degree in December, and four received master's degrees. The previous mid-year graduation record was 32 student-athletes in the fall of 2006. All-told, 1,012 student-athletes have earned their degrees since Baylor joined the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
Baylor student-athletes receiving undergraduate degrees last month were: Brice Ary (baseball), Tyler Barnes (men's track & field), Chris Bloodgood (men's track & field), Thad Boatner (football), Ben Booker (baseball), Matt Brown (men's tennis), Carter Brunelle (football), Trey Bryant (football), Gwen Corches (men's tennis), William Draper (baseball), Mandy Elliott (volleyball), Andi Fagan (women's soccer), Rachel Glandorf (women's track & field), Lauren Hagans (women's track & field), Jameon Hardeman (football), Adam Hornung (baseball), Richard Hurd (men's basketball), Quentin Iglehart-Summers (men's track & field), Jenny Isham (softball), Antonio Jones (football), Jordan Lake (football), Jason Lamb (football), Carolyn Lynch (women's soccer), Weldon Martin (men's golf), Nicole McCoy (equestrian), Courtney Oberg (softball), Joe Pawelek (football), Angel Perkins (women's track & field), Michelle Reynolds (equestrian), M.T. Robinson (football), Ernest Smith (football), Michael Stevick (men's track & field), Blake Szymanski (football), Brad Taylor (football), Paul Thorp (baseball), Brunshea Toliver (football), Sean Walker (baseball), J.D. Walton (football), John Wenhold (men's track & field), Jeremy Williams (football) and Reed Woytek (baseball).
The Baylor student-athletes who received master's degrees in December were: Brice Ary (baseball), Brittany Devereaux (women's track & field), Ryan Roberts (football) and Harmony Schwethelm (softball).