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Six gymnasts named to NACGC All-Academic Team

Aug. 14, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Six members of the Western Michigan University women's gymnastics team have been named to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches All-Academic Team.

WMU's team grade point average of 3.34 ranked as the 26th highest in the country and second highest in the Mid-American Conference. Eastern Michigan was the only MAC school to beat WMU this year, finishing seventh in the nation with a 3.53 GPA.

Academic accolades are nothing new to the WMU program. The team has had at least one athlete named Academic All-MAC the past four seasons in a row. In April, the Broncos were honored by the NCAA for posting an Academic Progress Rate in the top-10 percent of their respective sport for the second consecutive year.

"We look for not only good gymnasts but good students in our program, and it shows," WMU head coach Terry Karwoski says. "It makes me proud, and I give these girls credit for being able to balance the life of a student-athlete and excelling academically."

WMU All-Academic honorees

Broncos named to the NACGC All-Academic Team this year are listed below with their hometown, class year during the 2007-08 season, major, and cumulative GPA for the academic year.

  • Jenna Breen of Allendale, Mich., is a sophomore majoring in human resource management and has a 3.94 GPA.
  • Heather Carroll of Hastings, Mich., is a senior majoring in early childhood education and has a 3.83 GPA.
  • Kristine Garbarino of Latham, N.Y., is a freshman majoring in business and has a 3.81 GPA.
  • Keesha Olsen of Kansasville, Wis., is a junior majoring in accountancy and has a 3.60 GPA.
  • Andrea Perini of Sterling Heights, Mich., is a junior majoring in exercise science and has a 3.70 GPA.
  • Liz Prouty of Shoreview, Minn., is a sophomore majoring in communication and has a 3.68 GPA.

Rankings are calculated by determining a weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale that creates a relevant measure for comparison among all U.S. universities. Individuals must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in an academic year to be named all-academic. This year, there were 61 female collegiate gymnasts with 4.0 GPAs and more than 400 women who received NACGC All-Academic status, as well as 59 teams with GPAs over a 3.0.

Media contact: Kristin Keirns, (269) 387-4123, kristin.keirns@wmich.edu

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