Courtesy of Western Michigan Media Relations
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Carrying a remarkable 3.8086 team grade point average, the Western Michigan gymnastics team finished with the second highest GPA in the nation for the 2012-13 school year. The academic announcement is the final touch to a banner year for the Broncos, who also captured their fourth Mid-American Conference Championship in school history, claiming the title in their home arena in March.
All 17 members of the 2013 Western Michigan team earned spots on the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) All-Academic team. Five Broncos, senior Katlin Abbs, sophomore Michelle Adams, freshman Kayla Weber and seniors Lindsey Wienchowksi and Sarah Wright touted perfect 4.0 GPAs. Three other Broncos had GPAs of 3.9 or better and a total of 13 team members registered GPAs over 3.7. The 3.8086 mark is the highest GPA on record for any team ever at Western Michigan.
Southeast Missouri State narrowly edged out Western Michigan for the nation’s top GPA, coming in with a 3.8146. SEMO and WMU were the only two schools with GPAs over 3.8. Utah, the third ranked team, recorded a 3.692.
Four of Western Michigan’s MAC counterparts also finished in the top 25 in the nation, giving the conference a total of five in the top 25. Northern Illinois had the next highest GPA in the MAC behind WMU with a 3.4956. Central Michigan ranked 18th (3.4818), followed by Eastern Michigan in 19th (3.4751) and Kent State placing 21st (3.463).
This is the fourth straight season WMU has finished with one of the top 15 GPAs in the nation and the third that span WMU was ranked within the top 10. The Broncos ranked ninth in 2012 (3.5335), 12th in 2011(3.5190) and fourth in 2010 (3.6323).
2012-13 Top-10 Gymnastics Team Grade-Point Averages
1. Southeast Missouri – 3.8146
3. Utah – 3.6920
4. Texas Woman’s – 3.6200
5. Southern Utah – 3.5960
6. Lindenwood – 3.5910
7. Brown – 3.5853
8. Alaska – 3.5817
9. Hamline – 3.5514
10. Alabama – 3.5458