UCLA Gymnasts Rank Eighth In Nation In Team GPA

July 22, 2003

UCLA's national champion gymnastics team displayed championship qualities in the classroom as well, totaling a team standardized GPA of 3.4967 during the 2002-03 school year to rank eighth in the nation, an all-time UCLA high.

A school record 11 team members earned NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honors, including four-time honorees Kristin Parker (3.93) and Carly Raab (3.62). Jamie Williams (3.96) and Honda Award winner Onnie Willis (3.89) earned their third consecutive award, and Christie Tedmon (3.83) and Alyssa Beckerman (3.60) each received their second career honor.

Seniors-to-be Yvonne Tousek (3.79) and Trishna Patel (3.65) made the Scholastic All-American team for the first time, as did freshmen Kate Richardson (3.85), Holly Murdock (3.83) and Jennifer Sutton (3.75).

'It is certainly impressive to work with young adults who succeed in all areas of their lives through honest hard work,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'It's one thing for our seniors to have won three NCAA championships in four years. It's quite another to have earned such tremendous academic success at one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world.'

The NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honors acknowledge gymnasts who carry a 3.5 or higher GPA during the school year.

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