Four Bruins Selected To Pac-10 All-Academic Gymnastics Team

March 28, 2008

Four members of the 2008 UCLA Gymnastics squad have been honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Juniors Ariana Berlin and Kristina Comforte and senior Tasha Schwikert were selected to the second team, and senior Natalie Padilla received honorable mention acclaim.

Berlin, Comforte and Schwikert are each receiving their second career Pac-10 academic awards after earning honorable mention acclaim a year ago. Berlin, who was a Scholastic All-American last year, boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.50 in World Arts and Culture. Comforte has a 3.37 GPA in Sociology, and Schwikert has a 3.22 GPA in Sociology. In her first year of eligibility for the Pac-10 All-Academic team, Padilla earned her first honor.

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.

2007-08 PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

First Team
Lauren Elmore, STAN, Sr., 3.67, Economics
Kelly Fee, STAN, Jr., 3.87, International Relations
Carly Janiga, STAN, So., 3.85, Undeclared
Yuki Lamb, OSU, Sr., 3.88, Business Administration
Claire Pierce, OSU, Sr., 3.91, Exercise and Sport Science
Alex Pintchouk, STAN, Sr., 3.82, International Relations, Human Biology minor
Aimee Precourt, STAN, Sr., 4.05, Human Biology
Miranda Russell, ARIZ, So., 3.85, Spanish
Rachelle Silberg, ARIZ Sr., 3.67, Marketing
Nicki Wells, CAL, Sr., 3.63, Statistics
Karin Wurm, ARIZ, Sr., 3.81, Marketing
Tabitha Yim, STAN, Sr., 3.59, Human Biology

Second Team
Ariana Berlin, UCLA, Jr., 3.50, World Arts and Culture
Laura-Ann Chong, OSU, So., 3.34, Exercise and Sport Science
Kristina Comforte, UCLA, Jr., 3.37, Sociology
Megan Devencenzi, OSU, Sr., 3.34, Applied Visual Arts
Emily Epsten, WASH, Jr., 3.31, International Studies
Alexis Greene, ARIZ, Jr., 3.43, Psychology
Ashlee Hinkle, ASU, Jr., 3.57, Elementary Education
Sophia Hocini, CAL, So., 3.58, Undeclared
Kristen Omori, WASH, Jr., 3.44, Environmental Science & Resource Management
Tasha Schwikert, UCLA, Sr., 3.22, Sociology
Sara Specht, ARIZ, Jr., 3.40, English
Tenaya West, STAN, RFr., 3.72, Undeclared

HONORABLE MENTION: Brooke Barclay, So., OSU; Kera Bolen, Jr., OSU; Kaitlynn Bormann, So., ASU; Katie Boyko, Jr., WASH; Carrie Finley, Jr., ASU; Kelly Gilbert, Jr., WASH; Raimey Iselin, Sr., WASH; Siobhan Luce, Sr., CAL; Tia Orlando, Jr., ASU; Nicole Ourada, Jr., STAN; Natalie Padilla, Sr., UCLA; Heather Purnell, Jr., STAN; Mandi Rodriguez, So., OSU; Nikki Waiss, Sr., WASH; Whitney Watson, So., OSU.

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