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Gym’Backs get it done in the classroom

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Gym’Backs get it done in the classroom

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas gymnastics team continues its classroom success and was ranked as one of the top teams in the nation for grade point average by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women this week. Arkansas’ 3.3008 was good for 31st place overall and puts the Gym’Backs in the middle of the always dominate Southeastern Conference. Junior-to-be Allison Daniels led a group of four gymnasts who earned selection to the all-scholar team. Daniels was tied for first overall with a perfect 4.00 GPA. “We are so pleased with the academic success of this team,” said Arkansas co-head coach René Cook. “It is an element that we look at when recruiting a student-athlete and it is something we continue to stress when the gymnasts get to campus.” Daniels, a Kingwood, Texas, native, was an uneven bars specialist for Arkansas helping the Gym’Backs to a 10th place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., Daniels posted a career-best 9.85 twice last year. She is a pre-nursing major at Arkansas and it is her second selection to the academic team. Samantha Cortez made it three in a row finishing with a 3.88 GPA in psychology. Cortez graduated in May and is returning to Arkansas as the Gym’Backs’ director of gymnastics operations while pursuing her master’s degree this fall. Emily Peacock was selected for the fourth time with a 3.63 GPA in journalism. She graduated in May as well. Senior-to-be Alex LaChance rounds out Arkansas’ individual honors. LaChance is a three-time selection with a 3.57 GPA in kinesiology at Arkansas and is the lone returning senior for the Gym’Backs in 2008-09. Southeast Missouri State captured the top team spot with a 3.82 GPA. Alabama finished 13th overall and first for the SEC, followed by No. 19 Georgia, No. 22 Auburn, No. 31 Arkansas, No. 36 Florida, No. 54 LSU and No. 62 Kentucky.
2008 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE GYMNASTICS COACHES FOR WOMEN ACADEMIC TEAM

Rank

2008 Participating SchoolsNACGC-W GPA
ChampionSoutheast Missouri State3.8200
2Winona State3.7550
3Southern Utah3.7229
4Michigan State3.6526
5Ithaca3.5933
6Cal State Fullerton3.5867
7Eastern Michigan3.5357
8Denver3.5240
9Utah3.5192
10MIT3.4938
11Brown University3.4923
12Washington3.4900
13Alabama3.4813
14Wisconsin-LaCrosse3.4700
15Stanford3.4639
16Yale3.4536
17Wisconsin-Whitewater3.4395
18Texas Woman’s3.4389
19Georgia3.3971
20Springfield3.3956
21Maryland3.3767
22Auburn3.3722
23North Carolina State3.3647
24Michigan3.3625
25Boise State3.3563
26Western Michigan3.3434
27Penn State3.3431
28Illinois State3.3263
29West Virginia3.3185
30North Carolina3.3108
31ARKANSAS3.3008

Arkansas’ Individual Honors

Allison Daniels4.00Pre-Nursing
Samantha Cortez3.88Psychology
Emily Peacock3.63Journalism
Alexandra LaChance3.57Kinesiology


Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)