TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2005
JU Athletics Ranks Sixth in A-Sun Academic Champion Rankings

June 28, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University finished sixth out of 11 schools in the Atlantic Sun Conference Academic Champion Rankings during the 2004-05 academic year as 98 of the 191 Dolphin student-athletes, or 51.3 percent, earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors in the 15 sports that participate in the conference. In addition, two Dolphins earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), with one athlete receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.

Softball senior Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) became the fourth JU female athlete to earn Academic All-America honors after being selected for the second team. She joined junior Martin Hehensteiger (Schechen, Germany) of the men's tennis squad as Academic All-District III selections. Hehensteiger earned a spot on the second team for the second straight year.

JU stayed above the 50 percent mark for academic all-conference honorees participating in A-Sun sports for the third straight year. In 2003-04, the Dolphins had a school-record 59.3 percent of their student-athletes earn a spot on the academic all-conference list.

Belmont won its fourth consecutive A-Sun All-Academic Trophy, landing 68.8 percent of their student-athletes on the list, falling short of the record 71.4 percent of student-athletes honored in 2003-04. Overall, 50.6 percent of the conference's student-athletes who participated in events during the 2003-04 season earned all-academic honors. UCF finished second at 57.9 percent, followed by Gardner-Webb (56.1), Lipscomb (55.3), Mercer (53.3) and Jacksonville to round out the top half.

To be named to the A-Sun All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average during their semester of competition. The Atlantic Sun Conference sponsors the following sports: cross country, soccer, women's volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, softball, baseball and track & field.