CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference released its 2007 Academic All-MAC Women’s Gymnastics team as voted on by the league’s faculty athletic representatives. A total of nine student-athletes were named to the team. The number of honorees on the Academic All-MAC Team is the number that is set for the specific sport or 33 percent of the number of nominees, whichever is greater.
MAC Champion Kent State led the way with three selections in juniors Laci Hendress and Rachel Stuck, as well as sophomore Lydia Barrett. Hendress is a repeat selection for the team, while Barrett and Stuck were both first-team All-MAC selections for their performance at this year’s MAC Championship.
Eastern Michigan landed two honorees in Duyen Zu Voung, also a 2007 academic team member, and Jolene Worley. Rounding out the team are Jennifer Naughton from Northern Illinois and Andrea Perini of Western Michigan, who also were on the 2007 team, and Eric Gilkerson of Ball State and Jessica Neel from Central Michigan. Worley, the 2008 MAC Gymnast of the Year and Senior Gymnast of the Year, Perini and Neel were tabbed as second-team All-MAC selections earlier this year at the league championship. Neel also was a 2007 academic team honoree.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments from the current season only are considered.
2008 Academic All-MAC Women’s Gymnastics Team
Name School Year GPA
Erica Gilkerson Ball State Sr. 3.77
Jessica Neel# Central Michigan Jr. 3.89
Jolene Worley Eastern Michigan Sr. 3.22
Duyen Zu Voung# Eastern Michigan Jr. 3.77
Lydia Barrett Kent State So. 3.97
Laci Hendress# Kent State Jr. 3.94
Rachel Stuck Kent State Jr. 3.50
Jennifer Naughton# Northern Illinois Jr. 3.66
Andrea Perini# Western Michigan Jr. 3.57
# 2007 Academic All-MAC team selection