Kate Richardson Earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors
June 17, 2004
Sophomore Kate Richardson (Coquitlam, BC) became only the second UCLA gymnast ever to earn College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors, earning a spot on the Women's At-Large third team with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average in Physiological Science.
Richardson helped lead UCLA to its second consecutive NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship. She placed fourth in the all-around at the NCAAs and earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around, vault and bars and second-team honors on beam. At the Pac-10 Championships, she successfully defended her floor exercise crown, scoring a perfect 10. Richardson totaled six perfect 10s on the year and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 nationally on beam, No. 2 in the all-around, No. 4 on vault, No. 6 on floor and No. 11 on bars. Richardson, a 2000 Canadian Olympian, has qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials, which will be held July 10-11.
Richardson joins Jill Andrews (1988, 1990) as the only Bruin gymnasts ever to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America acclaim. Richardson is also one of only three underclassmen to be selected to the Women's At-Large team this season.
UCLA produced four Academic All-Americans in 2003-04 - Richardson, soccer players Sarah Lombardo (first-team) and Zach Wells (second-team) and tennis player Tobias Clemens (third-team, at-large).
In order to be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have been selected to the all-district first-team, have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), be a starter or important reserve and be in at least their second season at their current school. The at-large category includes student-athletes in the following women's sports: bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.