Coaches association recognizes gymnastics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas gymnastics team ranks 16th in the nation in the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women Academic Team final rankings it was announced this week. The Razorbacks had five student-athletes earn NACGC/W All-Scholar honors paced by redshirt freshman Genny Salvatore who posted a perfect 4.00 grade point average in art in 2008-09. She was joined by junior Sarah Nagashima who maintains a 3.61 GPA in apparel studies. Freshman Jamie Pisani finished the year with a 3.60 in kinesiology joining junior Amy DeFilippo with a 3.56 in the same field. Junior Stacy Bartlett added a 3.54 in nutrition to lead the Razorbacks this year. “We are so proud of the team academically as well as athletically,” said co-head coach René Cook. “We set out each year with a team goal of a 3.5 GPA and to finish with a 3.4 is certainly a great accomplishment. As for our five scholar-athletes, their hard work in the classroom has earned them this honor and they are excellent representatives of our program. We are also proud of the accomplishments given the diversity of the majors we have in our program. As a team, the Razorbacks finished 16th in the nation with a 3.4309 GPA. They are the second-highest Southeastern Conference team ranked this year. The 16th-place finish is also an improvement over last year’s 31st-place showing when the Razorbacks had a 3.3008 GPA with four student-athletes recognized. Arkansas’ best team finish came in 2005 with a seventh-place showing and nine all-scholar athletes. Arkansas was 10th in 2004, 14th in 2003, 26th in 2006 and 21st in 2007. Southeast Missouri State led the nation with a nearly perfect 3.9124 team GPA and 14 individual gymnasts on the all-scholar team. The rest of the top five includes Southern Utah with a 3.68, Michigan State with a 3.65, Alabama with a 3.56 and Hamline with a 3.545. Of the top 16 teams, Alabama (No. 4), Stanford (No. 12) and Arkansas (No. 16) were the only teams to reach the NCAA Championship in 2009. For more information about Arkansas gymnastics please log on to

2009 NACGC/W Scholastic All-America Teams

Rank School GPA
1 Southeast Missouri State 3.9124
2 Southern Utah 3.6800
3 Michigan State 3.6527
4 Alabama 3.5605
5 Hamline 3.5479
6 Winona State 3.5450
7 Minnesota 3.5231
8 Eastern Michigan 3.5100
9 Ithaca 3.4686
10 Brown 3.4513
11 Denver 3.4493
12 Stanford 3.4482
13 Missouri 3.4457
14 UC Davis 3.4447
15 Springfield 3.4340
16 ARKANSAS 3.4309
17 MIT 3.4257
18 Utah 3.4150
19 Western Michigan 3.4052
20 Pennsylvania 3.3900
21 Iowa State 3.3806
22 Towson 3.3742
23 Washington 3.3736
24 Oklahoma 3.3613
25 Ohio State 2.3500
The rest of the SEC
37 Georgia 3.2673
37 Florida 3.2650
50 Auburn 3.1357
61 LSU 29.540
62 Kentucky 2.9413
Arkansas Individuals
Genny Salvatore 4.00 Art
Sarah Nagashima 3.61 Apparel Studies
Jaime Pisani 3.60 Kinesiology
Amara DeFilippo 3.56 Kinesiology
Stacy Bartlett 3.54 Hotell and Hospitality