Five Earn Gymnastics Academic Honor

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • August 23, 2013 02:32 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Five associated with the West Virginia University gymnastics program were named Scholastic All-Americans for the 2012-13 academic year, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

Mountaineer gymnasts have earned 99 honors since 1987.

“I’m proud of these honorees – it’s always hard to be a student and an athlete,” says third-year coach Jason Butts. “Academics is very important to this team, and we’re working toward earning more honors in the future.”

Three earned their third career distinction: seniors Hope Sloanhoffer (exercise physiology) and Bethany Yurko (human nutrition and foods), and graduate Marina Galante (sports exercise and psychology). Galante was one of 61 honorees, across all three NCAA divisions, to earn the honor with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). She achieved the feat each of the three years she spent at WVU.

Sophomore Jaida Lawrence (exercise physiology) and former Mountaineer Gina Costa (pre-sport management) also earned the honor.

Scholastic All-America status is awarded as a result of GPAs of 3.5 or better for the year. In total, 525 gymnasts earned the honor for the 2012-13 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.