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Three Gymnast Named To SEC First Year Honor Roll

07/16/2014
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - University of Arkansas gymnasts Samantha Nelson, Paris Ryder and Amanda Wellick were selected to the 2014 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll for their efforts in the classroom during their first season as Razorbacks, the league office announced Friday. 

The three representatives were the most for the University of Arkansas gymnastics team since the 2007 season when the Razorbacks had five athletes on the list.

Wellick, who was the 2014 SEC Freshman of the Year, highlighted the group as she earned another award to an illustrious first season at Arkansas. The Wheaton, Ill., native was one of two UA gymnast to qualify for the NCAA Championships, as she competed in the all-around. At the NCAA Championships, Wellick posted the second-highest score for a freshman at the meet.

Nelson, a 2014 All-SEC selection, and Ryder join their classmate on this list by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better during their first year on campus.

The trio now gives Arkansas seven representatives from the SEC First Year Honor Roll on the 2014-15 roster, as they join senior Stephani Canizaro (2012), juniors Sydnie Dillard and Heather Elswick (2013), and student manager Sammy Kolbas (2012) on the list of previous winners.

Overall, 53 student-athletes from the University of Arkansas were selected to the SEC First Year Honor Roll, with the football team leading the way with eight selections.

To be selected, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above, be on scholarship or be a letterwinner, have completed 24 semester hours and have been a member of a varsity team for an entire year.

Arkansas' 53 selections is up four from last year's 49 student-athletes who were honored.

For more information on Arkansas gymnastics, follow @RazorbackGYM on Twitter.


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