CULLOWHEE, N.C. – A total of 170 Western Carolina student-athletes were honored as the Southern Conference released its academic honor roll for the 2017-18 academic year on Tuesday.

All told, 2,210 student-athletes from the 10-member institutions and 15 associate members earned the distinction. That mark is a conference record with the number of student-athletes honored eclipsing 2,000 for the third time ever.

Eight of the league’s 10 full members had at least 150 selections, led by Mercer with 311. ETSU was second with 229, Wofford was third at 215 and Furman was fourth at 211.

Of the over 2,000 student-athletes on the list, 525 earned the Commissioner’s Medal, awarded to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout the year. That standard is up from 3.5 in the 2015-16 season. Forty-nine WCU student-athletes earned the Commissioner's Medal.

A league-record 178 student-athletes boasted perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2017-18, marking the fourth straight season that a new mark has been established. Each of the league’s full members had at least seven student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs, led by Mercer with 33, Chattanooga with 26 and Western Carolina with 23.

The 23 Catamounts who held a perfect 4.0 GPA in the 2017-18 academic year include: Yalim Olcay (men’s basketball), Kevin Pack (men’s track and field), Madison Armstrong (softball), Abigail Daniels (softball), Kassandra Flores (softball), Erica Hayes (softball), Caroline Perret (volleyball), Reeve Reinsborough (volleyball), Abigail Veit (volleyball), Sherae Bonner (women’s basketball), Emily Hatfield (women’s basketball), Lauren LaPlant (women’s basketball), Amanda Floberg (women’s golf), Alyssa Morahan (women’s golf), Maya White (women’s golf), Sayres McKenna (women’s soccer), Deyana Walker (women’s soccer), Emily Zipay (women’s soccer), Jacquelyn Gnassi (women’s soccer), Carli Deehr (women’s tennis), Lauren McCall (women’s tennis), Savannah Taranto (women’s tennis), Lindsey Trotter (women’s track and field).

The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89 when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports and posted a 3.0-grade point average or higher, was eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists.