Women's Gymnastics
Four Illini Gymnasts Earn Scholastic All-America

Kelsey Joannides earned her 2nd Scholastic All-America Honor in her collegiate career
Kelsey Joannides earned her 2nd Scholastic All-America Honor in her collegiate career

Aug. 14, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGW/W) has announced both the team and individual Scholastic All-America award winners for the 2011-12 season. Four Illini gymnasts were honored for attaining a year-long or cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, including seniors Kelsey Joannides and Hannah Welker, sophomore Amber See and freshman Sunny Kato

Joannides, a business major, earned the distinguished award for the second time in her career. The 2011 Big Ten Beam Champion posted a 3.84 GPA. Welker, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, made the list for the first time, achieving a 3.56 GPA in Broadcast Journalism. See, who won a team-high six floor titles, can add Scholastic All-America to the list by accomplishing a 3.59 GPA in Editorial Journalism. Finally, in her first chance to earn the award, Kato posted a 3.52 GPA in Communications. 

Across all three divisions, 471 student-athletes hit the 3.5 benchmark while 60 of those earned perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Southern Utah University led all NCAA women's gymnastics teams with a cumulative team GPA of 3.843. Following the Thunderbirds in second was Southeast Missouri State University with a 3.736 team GPA. The University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse was third with a 3.711. Rounding out the top five were the University of Utah and Brown University with GPAs of 3.664 and 3.641, respectively.

Illinois was ranked 41st with a collective GPA of 3.2627 and finished fifth in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State (7th), Michigan State (28), Minnesota (31) and Nebraska (34).