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WCGA Announces Academic Award Winners

By Staff Reports 08/11/2020, 11:45am EDT

 

TEXAS WOMAN’S, EASTERN MICHIGAN, AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS TOP TEAM GPA LIST

 

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO (August 11, 2020) – Texas Woman’s, Eastern Michigan, and Northern Illinois posted the top three team grade-point averages (GPAs) for the 2019-20 academic year based on data submitted to the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA).

Overall, there were 53 teams with a team GPA of 3.5 or more on a 4.0 scale, an increase from 31 teams last year. A record number of student-athletes, 193 (14.23%) recorded a 4.0 GPA, which is an increase from 8.91% from 2019. Eight schools had a team GPA greater than 3.8 and 18 over 3.7. All of these numbers are up from last year, which could be related to classes going online starting in March.

“The academic success of the women’s collegiate gymnastics programs across the country truly exemplifies the commitment to excellence in the classroom,” Kerrie Turner, WCGA president and head coach at Bowling Green, said. “Despite the adversity faced during the COVID 19 pandemic, the student-athletes and teams continued to stay focused on the opportunity to learn and grow regardless of the in-person or remote educational environments. The accolades earned are a testament to the dedication, commitment, and incredible work ethic fostered within our member programs.


Texas Woman’s posted the top team GPA with a 3.8881 and had 15 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or more. The Pioneers finished fourth in team GPA last year and third in 2018. Besides having 93.75% of student-athletes with a 3.5 or better, Head Coach Lisa Bowerman’s team had five team members with a 4.0 GPA.

Ranked No. 24 one year ago, Eastern Michigan posted at 3.8875 GPA to move into second place. Ninety-five percent of Head Coach Katie Minasola’s team earned a 3.50 or better, including seven with a 4.0.

 

With 94.74% of its student-athletes getting a 3.5 GPA or better, Northern Illinois maintained its hold on the No. 3 spot on the top team GPA list with a 3.8768. Head coach Sam Morreale’s team was ranked No. 16 in 2018.

A complete list of team GPAs as submitted and documented by the institutions are attached. Also attached is a list of WCGA Scholastic All-America Award winners, who are all student-athletes with 3.5 overall grade point average or a 3.5 grade point average for 2019-20. 

The WCGA is the advocate for women’s collegiate gymnastics.

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