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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 Schools NACGC-W GPA
Champion Southeast Missouri State 3.8200
2 Winona State 3.7550
3 Southern Utah 3.7229
4 Michigan State 3.6526
5 Ithaca 3.5933
6 Cal State Fullerton 3.5867
7 Eastern Michigan 3.5357
8 Denver 3.5240
9 Utah 3.5192
10 MIT 3.4938
11 Brown University 3.4923
12 Washington 3.4900
13 Alabama 3.4813
14 Wisconsin-LaCrosse 3.4700
15 Stanford 3.4639
16 Yale 3.4536
17 Wisconsin-Whitewater 3.4395
18 Texas Woman’s 3.4389
19 Georgia 3.3971
20 Springfield 3.3956
21 Maryland 3.3767
22 Auburn 3.3722
23 North Carolina State 3.3647
24 Michigan 3.3625
25 Boise State 3.3563
26 Western Michigan 3.3434
27 Penn State 3.3431
28 Illinois State 3.3263
29 West Virginia 3.3185
30 North Carolina 3.3108
31 ARKANSAS 3.3008

Arkansas’ Individual Honors

Allison Daniels 4.00 Pre-Nursing
Samantha Cortez 3.88 Psychology
Emily Peacock 3.63 Journalism
Alexandra LaChance 3.57 Kinesiology


Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)