Willis, Parker Selected To Academic All-District Team

May 16, 2002

UCLA junior gymnasts Kristin Parker (Hanford, CA/Hanford HS) and Onnie Willis (Tacoma, WA/Wilson HS) were selected for the second consecutive year to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's At-Large Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Parker, a sociology major with a 3.706 gpa, is a two-time National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Scholastic All-American and a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic first-team selection. A three-time All-American, she holds the school record on the floor exercise with a perfect 10. In 2002, she recorded season-bests of 9.925 on vault and floor, 9.875 on bars and beam and 39.425 in the all-around and also earned 10 Top 3 finishes on the year.

Willis, a sociology major with a 3.595 gpa, earned NACGC Scholastic All-America honors last season and first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors in 2002. This past season, she captured the Pac-10 all-around and bars championships and earned four All-America honors to give her 12 in her career, one short of the school record. Willis, who was also recently honored with the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, has scored five perfect 10s in her career, including two in one meet to become only the third UCLA gymnast ever to accomplish this feat. In 2001, Willis became UCLA's first-ever NCAA all-around champion and also finished second on uneven bars.

UCLA swimmer Katie Younglove (3.829 gpa, communication studies) was one of 10 first-team selections. Each student-athlete on the first-team had no lower than a 3.81 gpa.

In order to be eligible for Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or important reserve and be in at least their second season at their current school. District VIII includes schools in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia.

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