Illini Earn Nation's Seventh-Best Team GPA
Aug. 19, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) announced their 2014 Scholastic All-American award winners in both the team and individual categories with 10 Illini earning a spot on the list. As a team, The Orange and Blue achieved a cumulative 3.5431 GPA, the seventh-highest in the nation and highest amongst Big Ten schools.
Those awarded for their success in the classroom include Sarah Fiedler (3.54 in accounting), Tori Fujinami (3.87 in electrical engineering), Mary Jane Horth (3.75 in kinesiology), Suren Kanchanavaleerat (3.70 in health), Sunny Kato (3.51 in communication), Emily Lennon (3.86 in early childhood education), Elizabeth McNabb (3.96 in community health), Jordan Naleway (3.79 in social work), Giana O'Connor (3.79 in sport management) and Amber See (3.51 in broadcast journalism).
The Illini more than doubled the number of individual award winners from last season, while improving their team GPA from a 3.3 to a 3.54.
"The team placed great emphasis this year on that 'little bit of extra' in their academics," head coach Kim Landrus said. "Over a 3.5 GPA says a lot about the effort and commitment they put forth. I could not be more proud of them for accomplishing one of the best academic years for Illinois women's gymnastics programs to date."
To qualify for the award, student-athletes must carry a 3.5 or higher grade point average (GPA) for the academic year. 517 women's gymnasts across the country in all three NCAA divisions hit the 3.5 benchmark.