23 ETSU Athletes Named to TIAA-CREF Spring Academic All-Conference Teams

Friday, May 14, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 14, 2004) - The Southern Conference today announced its TIAA-CREF Academic All-Conference teams for the spring of 2004. A total of 235 student-athletes, representing all 12 Southern Conference institutions were named to the team. ETSU had 23 student-athletes recognized with the honor. The 235 student-athletes averaged a 3.518 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Forty-eight percent (113 of 235) had a 3.5 or better. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have competed in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the spring. This is the second year that the Southern Conference has named an All-Academic Team by season. The All-Academic teams are made possible by a grant from the Southern Conference's Education Partner, TIAA-CREF. The men's and women's indoor track and field squads combined for 86 student-athletes on the academic team with baseball adding 34 and women's tennis 33. Appalachian State had the most individuals selected with 30 honorees, followed by Furman with 28, Elon with 24, and both East Tennessee State and Davidson adding 23. TIAA-CREF, with over $290 billion in assets under management, is a Fortune 100 company and a diversified national financial services organization, including the premier retirement system for higher education and research employees. Further information can be found at Athlete Year Hometown GPA Major Baseball Blake Church So Roswell, GA 3.227 Pre-Business Trevor Smith Jr Newport, TN 3.77 Math Women's Golf Kailey Brooks So Bracebridge, Ontario 3.36 Sports and Leisure Management Laura Diaz So Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 3.296 Health Science Kristen Fletcher Sr Cookeville, TN 3.898 Sports Management Softball Julia Chance Sr Knoxville, TN 3.382 Sports Management Sheryl Clark Sr Bradenton, FL 3.437 Psychology and Business Management Rhea Holler Sr Peoria, AZ 3.55 Psychology Men's Tennis Fernando Fiuri Jr Villa Maria, Argentina 3.214 Business Administration Diego Iglesias Sr Mar del Plata, Argentina 3.905 Corporate Finance Alejandro Salazar Sr Arequipa, Peru 3.336 Business Administration Moises Serrano Jr Bucaramanga, Columbia 3.794 Physics Women's Tennis Jewel Aldea So Charleston, SC 3.829 Business Economics and English Tatiana Arriaran Sr Cochabamba, Bolivia 3.825 Business Economics Gemma Halim Jr Jakarta, Indonesia 3.244 Digital Media Men's Outdoor Track and Field Peter Dalton So Dublin, Ireland 3.323 Psychology Women's Outdoor Track and Field Tiffany Collier Sr Atlanta, GA 3.394 Education/Administration Jennifer Habbestad Jr Tampa, FL 3.57 Criminal Justice/Criminology Natasha Peyton Sr Chesterfield, VA 3.492 Dental Hygiene Caitlin St. Louis So Kingsport, TN 3.339 English Kristin Truman Sr Johnson City, TN 3.885 Biology Christine Ward So Candler, NC 3.859 Nursing Jennifer Whittington So Richland, VA 3.774 Biology