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C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medals Awarded; 19 Southern Miss Student-Athletes Honored

May 8, 2008

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A total of 334 student-athletes, including 19 from the University of Southern Mississippi, have earned the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal during the 2007-08 academic year, Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced. The medals are given to those C-USA student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.

For the second year in a row, Tulsa had the most academic medal winners with 41, followed by Memphis with 38, SMU with 37 and East Carolina with 36. The total number of academic medal recipients increased by four percent this season.

Ten Golden Eagle sports were represented on this list (indoor and outdoor track were counted as the same). Southern Miss women's soccer led the way of the athletic programs with six selections, followed by volleyball with three, women's golf, softball and men's tennis with two each and baseball, men's basketball, football and women's track and field had one apiece.

Attached is the complete list of Southern Miss student-athletes to earn this recognition:

Wade Weathers, baseball (Quitman, Miss.)
Bryson Brewer, men's basketball (Waynesboro, Miss.)
Cheris Fletcher, women's cross country (Albany, Ga.)
Austin Davis, football (Meridian, Miss.)
Helena Backlund, women's golf (Bolledgygd, Sweden)
Ashley Joubert, women's golf (Ponchatoula, La.)
Mallory Barnes, women's soccer (Lafayette, La.)
Anna Fiser, women's soccer (Jackson, Miss.)
Liz Hamlin, women's soccer (Kenner, La.)
Jana Mason, women's soccer (Tupelo, Miss.)
Keli Theiss, women's soccer (Springdale, Ark.)
Ashlyn Harmon, softball (Holden, La.)
Brittney Jones, softball (Rayne, La.)
Domagoj Anic, men's tennis (Zagreb, Croatia)
Markus Wessinghage, men's tennis (Ingleheim, Germany)
Hana Prudilova, women's track & field (Olomovc, Czech Republic)
Katie Matlock, volleyball (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Kristen Metz, volleyball (Estevan, Saskatchewan)
Ashley Petrinec, volleyball (Bloomington, Ill.)

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