Wilner Earns CoSIDA Academic All-District
May 15, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Fresh off of his second NCAA All-American distinction on still rings, Fighting Illini gymnast Mike Wilner earned his first Capital One Academic All-District award for NCAA Division I District Five Schools. The awards are voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Buffalo Grove, Illinois native maintained a 3.73 GPA in Computer Engineering.
Wilner holds the second highest all-time rings score since the men’s gymnastics scoring change in 2008. This season, he took home one rings title against UIC, had five top-five rings finishes on the season, and set personal bests on floor exercise (13.800), vault (12.950), and high bar (10.850). The junior was an NCAA Event Finalist on still rings and earned All-American honors on the apparatus. Academically, Wilner has been an Academic All-Big Ten selection two years in a row and was named a CGA All-American Scholar-Athlete in 2012.
District Five includes universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. In order to be considered for the All-District team, athletes must be in their second year academically, have a minimum GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale, and be a regular contributor to the team. CoSIDA members serving schools in each district vote on winners.