92 FMU student-athletes named to PBC Presidential Honor Roll

Hilton Head, SC - From Francis Marion University:

HILTON HEAD, SC - The Peach Belt Conference announced that a record 1,079 student-athletes have been named to the 19th-annual Presidential Honor Roll.

The list includes 92 student-athletes from Francis Marion University.  FMU placed student-athletes on the honor roll from all 12 of its 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 2009-10 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).

"I continue to be proud of the way our student-athletes excel both on the playing field and in the classroom," said FMU director of athletics Murray Hartzler.  "This large number represents roughly half of the students who compete annually in intercollegiate athletics at FMU.  It also shows how higher education and athletics, or other extracurricular activities, can both succeed working hand-in-hand."

Among the FMU athletes named to the honor roll were 10 who receive this recognition for the fourth time: men's soccer player Kyle Clinton (Safety Harbor, FL); women's cross country runner Amanda Doyle (Laurens, SC); women's volleyball player Jess O'Leary (St. Louis, MO); women's soccer players Emily Brandenburg (West Columbia, SC), Rachel Rubin (Charlotte, NC) and Angela Salem (Copley, OH); and women's softball players Kat Beauvais (Manassas, VA), Jessica Birchmeier (Port Richey, FL), Jamie Holmes (Monroe, WA), and Michaela Wolf (Littleton, CO).

Earlier this year, a record 134 student-athletes at Francis Marion were named to the university's Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.