Four Gymnasts Named NACGC Scholastic All-Americans

Aug. 16, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four Oregon State gymnasts have earned Scholastic All-American honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches.

Lara Degenhardt, Jerra Lopez, Tanya Ricioli and Megan Suratt all were recognized. In order to be named to the team, a gymnast must have had a 3.50 cumulative grade point average for the 2000-2001 school year.

Degenhardt, a senior on last year's team, is a three-time NACGC Scholastic All-American. A graphic design major, Degenhardt had a 3.70 GPA during her final year of competition. She also earned All-American honors in the gym as a year, claiming first team All-American honors on vault with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Suratt, a junior-to-be, earned Scholastic All-American honors for the second consecutive season. The exercise and sport science major had a 3.81 GPA during the past school year.

Lopez, a senior-to-be, is a first-time honoree on the NACGC's scholastic team. A pre-communications major who missed most of the 2001 season because of an Achilles' tendon injury, Lopez carried a 3.78 GPA for the 2000-2001 academic campaign.

Ricioli, who also earned recognition from the NACGC for the first time, has not yet declared a major but had a 3.51 GPA during her second season at OSU. Like Lopez, Ricioli tore an Achilles' tendon and missed most of the season. She'll be considered a redshirt sophomore in 2002 since her injury occurred in the first meet of the 2001 season.

OSU has had four NACGC Scholastic All-Americans each of the last four seasons, and the Beavers have at least three in every year since 1990.

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