Six Washington Gymnasts Named Pac-10 All-Academic

March 19, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Six Washington GymDawgs have been named to the 2009 Pac-10 All-Academic teams, as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen Thursday. The Huskies count three first team selections, more than any other team in the league.

Senior Kristen Omori and sophomores Karen Cain and Samantha Walior were each named to the first team, while senior Kelly Gilbert and sophomores Haley Bogart and Kristen Linton were each named to the second team.

Omori competed in the first five meets of her senior season before suffering a career-ending knee injury. She set a season-high on vault with a 9.775 against Utah on Jan. 23. Omori boasts a 3.56 cumulative GPA with a dual major in Environmental Science and Aquatic Fishery Science. The Kirkland, Wash. native was also named to the NACGC/W All-Academic team in 2008. The award marks the third Pac-10 honor of Omori's career.

Cain has competed on vault and bars in every meet this season, recording a new career high score of 9.775 on the uneven bars during the Salbasgeon Invitational hosted by Oregon State on March 6. The Kyle, Texas native has compiled a 3.86 cumulative GPA in political science. Cain was named to the NACGC/W All-Academic team last season as a freshman. This is the first Pac-10 honor of her career.

Walior, who hails from Prior Lake, Minn. has set two new career-bests this season, nailing a 9.875 on bars last week against Denver to earn her first uneven bars title of the season, and a 9.900 beam routine against Arizona on Feb. 7. Walior consistently scores well on beam, picking up three individual titles this season. The sophomore also boasts a 3.72 cumulative GPA in business administration. She was named to the NACGC/W All-Academic team her rookie season. This marks the first Pac-10 All-Academic nod of her career.

Headlining the second team, Gilbert has competed on the beam in every meet this season, twice posting season-high scores of 9.800. Gilbert, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., carries a 3.33 cumulative GPA in psychology and is contemplating getting her Master's in the field of sports psychology. This is the third Pac-10 All-Academic honor of Gilbert's career. She was also named to the NACGC/W All-Academic team last season.

Bogart has competed in every meet this season, breaking or tying a career-best four times in 2009. The sophomore from Woodside, Calif. posted a 9.850 on vault in two consecutive meets and recorded a career-high 9.875 on beam to help the Huskies defeat Oregon State for the first time in six years. Her all-around score from that meet, a 39.125, was also a career-best. Bogart carries a 3.42 cumulative GPA in business. The honor is the first for Bogart, who was named to the 2008 NACGC/W All-Academic team.

Linton, an Edmonds, Wash. native, has competed in all but one meet this season and broken two career-highs. Linton scored a career-best 9.800 on floor against Stanford, SPU and Sac State back on Jan. 16 and repeated the feat at the Salbasgeon Invitational at Oregon State on March 6. She also posted a career-best 9.875 on the uneven bars on Feb. 1 at California. The sophomore has earned three bars titles and shared a beam title this season. Linton boasts a 3.37 GPA in law, society and justice. This honor is the first of Linton's career.

The Huskies are in action this Saturday, March 21 at the Pac-10 Championship, hosted by Stanford in Maples Pavilion. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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