August 13, 2008

Brown Gymnastics Ranks 11th in Country for Overall Team GPA

Aug. 13, 2008

Providence, RI - The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) announced the final academic team and individual rankings for the 2007-2008 academic year for the nation's collegiate women's gymnastics teams. Brown finished 11th with a 3.4923 overall GPA, as the Bears ranked the highest among Ivy League Conference competitors and placed eight student-athletes on the NACGC/W All-Academic team. Rankings are calculated by determining a weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale that creates a relevant measure for comparison among all the universities in the U.S. Individuals must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in an academic year in order to be named All-Academic.

Receiving NACGC/W All-Academic accolades for Brown were Stephanie Albert (4.0), Izzy Kirkham-Lewitt (4.0), Hannah Goldstein (4.0), Rachel Foodman (3.88), Jessica Pestronk (3.8), Melissa Bowe (3.6), Whitney Diederich (3.57), and Jennifer Sobuta (3.5).

This year's team academic national champion was Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), led by head coach Tom Farden. The Redhawks finished the year with a team GPA of 3.82 and 16 individual NACGC/W All-Academic awards. SEMO edged out Winona State University (3.755) and Southern Utah University (3.723).

This year, there were 61 female collegiate gymnasts with 4.0 GPAs and over 400 individuals who received NACGC/W All-Academic status, as well as 59 teams with GPAs over a 3.0.