12 Gymbacks Named WCGA Scholar All-Americans
In addition to their performance on the competition floor, the Arkansas gymnastics program has had another solid showing in the classroom and 12 athletes have been named Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association Scholar All-Americans, the organization announced Wednesday.
It is the fourth consecutive year in which the program has had at least 10 Scholar All-Americans, and the second-best amount in program history with 12. The team has earned 37 total Scholar All-American honors in head coach Jordyn Wieber’s tenure, and never less than 12 in a season.
Amanda Elswick, Kalyxta Gamiao, Kiara Gianfagna, Kennedy Hambrick, Abby Johnston, Bailey Lovett, Maggie O’Hara, Jordan Olszewski, Savannah Pennese, Claire Rogers, Jensen Scalzo and Leah Smith all received Scholar All-American status for earning GPAs of 3.5 or above in the 2021-22 academic year. A record number of 1,077 athletes received the designation from the WCGA. Elswick, Hambrick, Lovett and O’Hara were among another record 228 athletes with 4.0 GPAs. Elswick, Hambrick and Lovett also become four-time honorees with the 2022 list.
Arkansas’ team GPA for the year came in at 3.547, which ranks 50th among other NCAA programs. The Hogs came in third of the SEC teams in the rankings, with Kentucky at 39th and Alabama in 43rd. In Wieber’s time at Arkansas, the team’s GPA has never fallen below 3.5, has been ranked within the top 50 and as high as 33rd.
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