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Gym’Backs get it done in the classroom

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

Jump to team list FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas gymnastics team ranks seventh in the nation academically according to the National Association for Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women. The Gym’Backs posted a 3.5093 grade point average with nine current and former team members earning academic honors from the NACGC. "We are so proud of the work the girls have done in the classroom as well as on the competition floor," said co-head coach Rene Cook. "Doing well in school and making good choices in life translates to success in the gym and that’s what we’re seeing from this special group of athletes." The Gym’Backs were the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference ahead of No. 40 Florida who netted a 3.1935 GPA. Senior Audra Loveless leads Arkansas with a perfect 4.0 GPA in kinesiology. Whitney Cashwell and Hannah McLeod were next with identical 3.90 GPAs. Cashwell is a communication disorders major while McLeod is majoring in biology. Senior Katie Hardman is next with a 3.88 in kinesiology followed by Melissa Leigh with a 3.80 in kinesiology. Sophomore Emily Peacock was honored with a 3.79 while Kim Harris checked in with a 3.70 in marketing. Dana McQuillin also tallied a 3.70 in interior design and Brooke Lawrence rounded out the individuals with a 3.69 in kinesiology. Arkansas is seventh as a team behind Southern Utah University who leads the nation with a 3.714 team GPA and 13 gymnastics named to the all-America team. Arkansas ranked 14th in the team’s inaugural season of competition and was 10th in 2004. The team ranked 10th last year but vaults up to the number six spot this year. The Gym’Backs finished the 2005 season ranked 24th in the country while junior Dana McQuillin became the first Gym’Back to reach the NCAA Championship. This year, Arkansas hosts a six-meet home schedule that includes the 2006 NCAA Regional Championship April 8. For more information about the schedule or for tickets please call the Lady Razorback Ticket Office at 57-LBACK or log on to LADYBACKS.COM.2005 NACGC/W Academic All-American – Team

InstitutionTeam GPA# of Individual Awards
Southern Utah University3.714013
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill3.671911
University of Denver3.56798
Massachusetts Institute of Technology3.56447
Texas Woman’s University3.544313
University of Pennsylvania3.515611
University of Arkansas3.50939
University of Utah3.48778
George Washington University3.48298
Yale University3.47298
Brown University3.45937
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse3.455610
Eastern Michigan University3.448512
Hamline University3.41589
Stanford University3.39695
University of Illinois3.39466
Pennsylvania State University3.39409
Bowling Green State University3.375911
Cornell University3.37189
Seattle Pacific University3.35837
Northern Illinois University3.348812
Gustavus Adolphus College3.34878
Boise State University3.33417
Springfield College3.33386
University of Rhode Island3.31867
Michigan State University3.31538
University of Maryland, College Park3.31356
College of William and Mary3.28004
Central Michigan University3.26434
San Jose State University3.26116
University of California, Berkeley3.26005
University of Oklahoma3.25796
Oregon State University3.25639
University of Washington3.25135
University of Michigan3.24805
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities3.23384
University of California, Los Angeles3.22694
Utah State University3.22064
Rutgers University3.217010
University of Florida3.19356
Wilson College3.19204
The Ohio State University3.18957
Western Michigan University3.18688
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa3.16715
University of Georgia3.16605
University of Arizona3.15198
Southeast Missouri State University3.15086
West Virginia University3.14207
University of Nebraska, Lincoln3.13004
Louisiana State University3.11354
Brigham Young University3.11065
University of Pittsburgh3.09805
Winona State University3.06503
James Madison University3.05604
University of Missouri, Columbia3.03425
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater3.03183
California State University, Fullerton3.02063
Southern Connecticut State University3.01254
California State University, Sacramento2.94006
University of Alaska Anchorage2.93003
University of New Hampshire2.92003
University of California, Davis2.91264
Towson University2.88274
University of Illinois at Chicago2.74232
University of Iowaindividuals only3
Iowa State Universityindividuals only2
Kent State Universityindividuals only2
Temple Universityindividuals only5


Sports Category : Gymnastics (W)