Eight OSU Gymnasts Earn Academic Accolades

March 31, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Oregon State University gymnastics team placed eight athletes on the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Gymnastics All-Academic honorees, as was announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen on Thursday. Senior Lindsay Nelson earned first team recognition and junior Chrissy Lamun and redshirt freshman Keegan Fitzgerald each earned second team status. Seniors Heidi Goehring, Heather Justus, Christa Piazza, and Thérèse Videan along with redshirt freshman Kim Sedlak were also recognized for their work in the classroom as well as in the gym, receiving honorable mention selection.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Nelson, who has earned honorable mention recognition twice previously, became the second Beaver ever to score a 9.90 or better on all four events at least once in her career. Nelson, a native of Westminster, Colo., holds a 3.73 GPA as an Exercise and Sports Science major. This season she has been an integral part of the bars lineup and has 'hit' on all 12 of her bars routines in 2005.

Lamun, also a second team All-Academic performer in 2004, plays an important role for the Beavers anchoring the bars lineup and also performs on the balance beam and floor exercise. Lamun, from Reno, Nev., carries a 3.77 GPA as a General Science major and Business minor. Lamun has won a team leading six individual titles in 2005 with four coming on the beam and two on bars.

Fitzgerald, an Exercise and Sport Science major with a 3.98 GPA, has been the primary alternate throughout most of the season on the uneven bars. Fitzgerald has performed in nine meets this season.

Goehring, an honorable mention All-Academic performer in 2004, became a regular on the floor exercise this season for the first time in her career putting her in three lineups. A native of Bismarck, N.D., Goehring carries a 3.12 GPA in Merchandising Management. Goehring has scored better than 9.80 on 13 occasions.

Justus, a two-time honorable mention All-Academic selection, has been a regular in three lineups for the past two seasons. She got the 2005 season started quickly with a career-high 9.95. Justus, an Exercise and Sports Science major holds a 3.29 GPA.

Piazza, a senior and co-captain for the second straight season, stepped into an injury depleted floor lineup early in the season and danced her way to a rousing ovation. Piazza boasts a 3.71 GPA as an Exercise and Sports Science major.

Sedlak has performed as the lead-off on vault for most of the season and has competed in seven meets. She currently carries a 3.36 GPA as an Interior Design major.

Videan, a two-time honorable mention All-Academic performer, has been a consistent performer in all three of her events this season. Videan boasts a 3.50 GPA as a Business Adminstration major. Videan has set career-highs on two events (bars and floor) this season.

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