Parker, Willis Awarded Postgraduate Scholarships

May 5, 2003

Senior gymnasts Kristin Parker and Onnie Willis have been granted NCAA postgraduate scholarships. The Bruin duo are the 56th and 57th UCLA student-athletes to have been honored in this manner.

Both Parker and Willis ended their UCLA careers with three NCAA team titles (2003, 2001, 2000), three Pac-10 team titles (2003, 2002, 2000) and four NCAA regional titles. They each also earned Verizon Academic All-District acclaim in 2002 and 2001 and Pac-10 All-Academic honors from 2001-03.

Parker, from Hanford, CA, earned second-team All-America honors on the vault this season to bring her career All-America total to four. She averaged over 9.8 on vault and bars and over 9.7 on beam and floor this season. Over her career, she recorded career-high scores of 9.95 on vault, 9.975 on bars, 9.95 on beam, 10.0 on floor and 39.675 in the all-around.

Willis, from Tacoma, WA, is the winner of the 2003 Honda Sports Award as the nation's top gymnast. She was also honored as the 2003 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year award and earned four All-America honors at this year's Championships, bringing her career total to a school record 16. Willis won the 2002 Pac-10 all-around and bars title and the 2001 NCAA all-around co-championship. Over her career, she recorded career-high scores of 10.0 on vault, 9.975 on bars, 9.975 on beam, 10.0 on floor and 39.8 in the all-around. She recorded six perfect 10s in her career.

The NCAA has awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $6,900 each to 29 men and 29 women who participated in winter sports, which included men's and women's basketball, fencing, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, rifle, skiing, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field and wrestling. The NCAA honors an additional 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes in fall and spring sports.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

2003 Winter Sports NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Awardees - Women

Kristine Austgulen, Virginia Commonwealth University, Division I, Basketball, Political Science major
Allison Beckford, Rice University, Division I, Indoor Track & Field, Kinesiology major
Elia Burrill, U.S Air Force Academy, Division I, Fencing, Management major
Jenna Burtch, Clemson University, Division I, Swimming, Psychology major
Kelli Dudley, Truman State University, Division II, Swimming, Exercise Science major
Alice Duesing, Lake Superior State University, Division II, Basketball, Mechanical Engineering major
Lauren Friend, Sweet Briar College, Division III, Swimming, History and International Affairs major
Amy Fries, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Division III, Indoor Track & Field, Psychology major
Janessa Grieco, University of Michigan, Division I, Gymnastics, Movement Science major
Sarah Henderson, Drury University, Division II, Swimming, Accounting major
Elizabeth Hug, Truman State University, Division II, Swimming, Nursing major
Kara Koppel, Coastal Carolina University, Division I, Indoor Track & Field, Psychology major
Theresa Kulikowski, University of Utah, Division I, Gymnastics, Psychology major
Myra Lederman, Emory University, Division III, Swimming, International studies major
Rebecca Moen, University of North Dakota, Division II, Basketball, Physical Education major
Amanda Mularz, Rice University, Division I, Swimming, Anthropology major
Kristin Parker, University of California, Los Angeles, Division I, Gymnastics, Psychology major
Katherine Reis, DePauw University, Division III, Swimming, Sociology major
Laura Rosenberger, Eastern Mennonite University, Division III, Indoor Track & Field, Biology major
Ashley Rowatt, Kenyon College, Division III, Swimming, Molecular Biology major
Megan Selmon, Trinity University, Division III, Basketball, International Studies major
Erin Sims, University of Texas at Austin, Division I, Indoor Track & Field, Art History major
Brandi Smith, Texas Woman's University, Division II, Gymnastics, Kinesiology major
Kristin Sterner, University of Alabama, Division I, Gymnastics, Biology major
Anna Karin Strandberg, University of New Mexico, Division I, Nordic Skiing, Pre-Forestry major
Jill Turner, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Division I-A, Swimming, Marketing major
Christina Vouriotis, Messiah College, Division III, Basketball, Sociology major
Lisa Wanberg, Southern Methodist University, Division I, Swimming, Psychology major
Onnie Willis, University of California, Los Angeles, Division I, Gymnastics, Psychology major

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