Program-Record 12 Gymbacks Earn WCGA All-Academic Award
FAYETTEVILLE – Head gymnastics coach Jordyn Wieber and the Arkansas Razorback gymnastics team saw a program-record 12 Gymbacks named to the 2020 WCGA All-Academic team, announced by the WCGA on Tuesday.
The Gymbacks who earned the honor include Sophia Carter, Katarina Derrick, Amanda Elswick, Kiara Gianfagna, Kennedy Hambrick, Madison Hickey, Sydney Laird, Bailey Lovett, Carissa Patton, Kirby Rathjen, Claire Rogers and Jessica Yamzon. Their hard work in the classroom helped Arkansas rank 33rd among NCAA teams and fourth in the league.
The Razorbacks were one of 53 total teams with a team GPA of 3.5 or more on a 4.0 scale, an increase from 31 teams last year. A record number of student-athletes, 193 (14.23%) recorded a 4.0 GPA, which is an increase from 8.91% from 2019. Eight schools had a team GPA greater than 3.8 and 18 over 3.7. All of these numbers are up from last year, which could be related to classes going online starting in March.
“The academic success of the women’s collegiate gymnastics programs across the country truly exemplifies the commitment to excellence in the classroom,” Kerrie Turner, WCGA president and head coach at Bowling Green, said. “Despite the adversity faced during the COVID 19 pandemic, the student-athletes and teams continued to stay focused on the opportunity to learn and grow regardless of the in-person or remote educational
environments. The accolades earned are a testament to the dedication, commitment, and incredible work ethic fostered within our member programs.
A complete list of team GPAs as submitted and documented by the institutions are attached. Also attached is a list of WCGA Scholastic All-America Award winners, who are all student-athletes with 3.5 overall grade point average or a 3.5 grade point average for 2019-20.
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