Five Women's Gymnasts Named To Pac-10 All-Academic Teams

April 13, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State gymnasts Kristin Fanning and Ashley Stewart were named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Academic first team Friday, while Kim Skinner, Becky Acker and Cassidy Vreeke were also honored for their outstanding effort in the classroom.

Fanning, a senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., has a 3.57 GPA and will graduate this spring with majors in business management and real estate. Competing on floor exercise at all 12 of ASU's meets this season, Fanning has a team high 9.868 average, led by a career high 9.95 effort recorded against Arizona. Also appearing on the uneven bars, Fanning has turned in three scores of 9.8 or better in her last four routines, including a season-best 9.85 in the final regular season meet of the year.

Stewart, a junior out of Houston, Texas, is majoring in international business management. Her 3.74 GPA was the second highest of her fellow first-team honorees, behind only UCLA sophomore Kristin Parker at 3.75. Stewart was off to her finest season as a Sun Devil, setting a career best 9.85 on vault, before a torn ACL ended her junior campaign eight meets into the season.

A senior with a 3.54 GPA, Skinner was named to the Pac-10's second team. Once a walk-on, the elementary education major from Tucson, Ariz., has been turning in solid scores for ASU down the stretch. After filling in for Stewart in the Sun Devils' vault lineup, Skinner has scored no worse than a pair of 9.725s. Last weekend at the NCAA Central Regional, she earned a season-best 9.825 on bars.

Earning honorable mention accolades were Acker and Vreeke. Acker, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., has a 3.34 GPA in marketing. Competing predominantly on floor this season, she produced two career-high tying marks of 9.85 in the exercise.

Vreeke, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, has a 3.12 GPA and intends to major in business. Three consecutive 9.85s on balance beam stand as her sophomore season-highs in that event, while a 9.825 effort on vault and a 9.95 score on floor are career-best scores. At last week's NCAA Central Regional, Vreeke's floor performance earned a 9.9, ASU's highest individual score of the meet in any event.

Ranked ninth in the nation, ASU will look for its fourth Super Six appearance in five years at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., Thursday, April 19.

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