The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) announced the final academic team and individual rankings for the 2007-08 academic year for the nation’s collegiate women’s gymnastics teams. Eastern Michigan had the highest ranking of Mid-American Conference programs (7th, 3.53), while Western Michigan had the second highest ranking at 26th (3.34). Central Michigan (33rd overall, 3.28 GPA) and Bowling Green (64th, 2.87) rounded out MAC squads in the top 100.
Rankings are calculated by determining a weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale that creates a relevant measure for comparison among all the universities in the United States. Individuals must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in an academic year in order to be named all-academic.
A total of 11 gymnasts were named to the team from Eastern Michigan. EMU gymnasts Erin Grigg and Jessica Perdoch led the Eagles, each recording a GPA of 3.99.
Broncos receiving NACGC All-Academic Team honors were Jenna Breen (3.94 GPA), Heather Carroll (3.83), Kristine Garbarino (3.81), Andrea Perini (3.70) and Liz Prouty (3.68).
A total of five student-athletes from Central Michigan earned the academic honor as Jessica Neel led the way with a 3.87 GPA. Andrea DelaGarza (3.71), Vanessa Rodriguez (3.67), Samanth Ursch (3.57) and Jenna D’Alie (3.54) also received recognition.
Five Bowling Green State University student-athletes were named 2008 Scholastic All-Americans as Morgan Balzer, Amber Brewer, Megan Chronister, Michelle Luchini and Marissa Saneholtz all earned the honor.
This year, there were 61 female collegiate gymnasts with 4.0 GPAs and over 400 individuals who received NACGC All-Academic status, as well as 59 teams with GPAs over a 3.0.