Seven Earn Scholastic All-America Honor

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • August 14, 2012 03:40 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Seven West Virginia University gymnasts were named Scholastic All-Americans for the 2011-12 academic year, as announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

Ninety-four WVU gymnasts have been recognized since 1987.

“It’s always wonderful when student-athletes are recognized for their efforts in the classroom,” says second-year coach Jason Butts. “These gymnasts are students first, and academic success is very important to me and my staff. We will continue to work hard in the classroom, and I look forward to the day when the whole team is honored on this list.”

Four Mountaineers earned their second career honors: graduate Nicole Roach (child development and family studies), juniors Hope Sloanhoffer (exercise physiology) and Bethany Yurko (design studies), and student assistant coach Marina Galante (sport and exercise psychology). Galante was one of 60 student-athletes, across all three divisions, to earn the honor with a 4.0 GPA; she also achieved the feat in 2011.

Senior Chelsea Goldschrafe (marketing), and sophomores Parker Beattie (sport and exercise psychology) and Reilly Beattie (sport and exercise psychology) earned their first career honors.

Scholastic All-America status is awarded as a result of GPAs of 3.5 or better for the year. In total, 471 student-athletes earned the honor for the 2011-12 academic year.

The NACGC/W is the national association for women’s collegiate gymnastics coaches. The association seeks to actively manage and develop the sport of women’s gymnastics at the collegiate level and works with the NCAA and USA Gymnastics in order to provide the best possible experience for student-athletes.