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277 Student-Athletes Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll




June 15, 2011


WACO, Texas - A Baylor spring semester record 277 student-athletes, including a record 56 with perfect 4.0 semester grade-point averages, have been named to the 2011 spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. It marks the eighth straight semester that more than 200 BU student-athletes received Commissioner's Honor Roll status, and coupled with its 301 fall 2010 honorees, gave Baylor a school-record 578 student-athletes on the league's 2010-11 academic honor rolls.

"We are blessed that Baylor student-athletes continue to 'rise up' in the classroom semester after semester," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw, whose department has now established a school-record for total Commissioner's Honor Roll members for six consecutive years. "However, this spring represents the pinnacle in terms of academic performance and I commend our coaches, staff, student-athletes and the faculty for these outstanding results."

Baylor student-athletes registering a 4.00 grade-point average during the spring 2011 semester included: Samantha Allen (women's track & field), Melanie Appel, (equestrian), Doug Ashby (baseball), Lynette Atkinson (women's track & field), Aya Bara (women's tennis), Sara Bates (women's track), Ryan Batson (equestrian), Julian Bley (men's tennis), Kolt Browder (baseball), Hannah Burke (women's golf), Morgan Chambers (women's golf), Carlie Davis (soccer), Brady Desko (men's track & field), Caitlin Fennegan (soccer), Leah Frazier (women's track & field), Madeline French (acrobatics & tumbling), Jessica Gabler (women's track & field), Chris Gordon (men's tennis), Lindsay Graham (equestrian), Megan Hermann (equestrian), Kelli Hicks (equestrian), Bridget Hoagland (equestrian), Brittany Hunemuller (soccer), Jenny Isham (softball), Taylor Jackson (men's track & field), Lindsey Johnson (soccer), Bethany Johnston (soccer), Melissa Jones (women's basketball), Michelle Kloss (soccer), Dana Larsen (soccer), Catie McGowan (soccer), Amanda Miller (equestrian), Blake Niccum (men's track & field), Taylor Ormond (women's tennis), Lindsay Palmer (women's basketball), Brittany Parks (equestrian), Liz Paul (softball), Ginger Plemmons (acrobatics & tumbling), Grayson Porter (baseball), Lucy Quintana (soccer), Makenzie Robertson (women's basketball), Jaden Schupp (equestrian), Kristie Serrano (acrobatics & tumbling), Chris Slater (baseball), Lisa Sliwinski (soccer), Rachel Stepp (soccer), Hillary Tandy (equestrian), Kaylin Terry (women's golf), Caitlyn Trice (volleyball), Brittany Turner (softball), Jessica Ubanyionwu (women's track & field), Kelsey Wallour (women's track & field), Nicole Wesley (softball), Tiffany Wesley (softball), Catherine West (acrobatics & tumbling) and Lori Williamson (acrobatics & tumbling).

Acknowledging all student-athletes, 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 15-year history. Baylor has had more than 5,500 student-athletes honored since the Honor Roll began.

The cumulative grade-point average of all Baylor student-athletes for the spring 2011 semester was a 3.12, a school-record for any term and the sixth consecutive semester their cumulative GPA topped the 3.0 mark. All-told, Baylor had 94 student-athletes on the spring 2011 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, and a school-record 115 of its student-athletes earned 2010-11 Academic All-Big 12 honors.

A school-record 16 of Baylor's 19 varsity teams registered a spring 2011 term cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.00, led by the women's soccer team's 3.68 mark and men's tennis' 3.58. Five sports recorded an all-time GPA best for any Baylor term--acrobatics & tumbling, baseball, men's basketball, women's soccer and men's tennis.