Ten Cardinal Gymnasts Earn Academic All-American Honors
July 30, 2009
Stanford had a combined gpa of 3.45 and placed more gymnasts on the Academic All-America team than ever before. Stanford previous high was nine in 2004, according to the standards set by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women.
The Cardinal, which finished eighth in the nation last season and advanced to the NCAA team championships for the seventh time in nine seasons, was led by Fee and Ourada in the gym and in the classroom.
Fee, a 2007 first-team All-American on balance beam, was one of the team's three captains. Ourada, her fellow senior, earned 2009 first-team All-America honors on the uneven bars and completed her career with seven All-America honors, including three on first team.
Fee, an international relations major with a cumulative gpa of 3.64, became the fourth Stanford gymnast to win Academic All-America honors all four years. For Ourada, a human biology major with a cumulative gpa of 3.41, this was her first Academic All-America honor. She also was recently awarded a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship.
Co-captain Carly Janiga, the 2009 NCAA runner-up on bars and a six-time All-America, earned a 3.88 gpa for her junior year and has the team's highest cumulative gpa, at 3.78. She is a psychology major.
Stanford also received an NCAA Public Recognition Award, which honors teams that have an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent. Stanford women's gymnastics had a perfect 1,000 score in the APR, which measures eligibility, retention and graduation over a four-year period. The team was one of six at Stanford to receive the award.
The following is a list of the team's Academic All-Americans and their grade-point averages for the 2008-09 academic year:
Kelly Fee, sr. (international relations), 4.00
Allyse Ishino, jr. (human biology), 3.65
Carly Janiga, jr. (psychology), 3.88
Nicole Ourada, sr. (human biology), 4.00
Gretchen O'Henley, so. (earth systems), 3.69
Jenny Peter, fr. (undeclared), 3.62
Heather Purnell, sr. (psychology), 3.74
Blair Ryland, jr. (human biology), 3.77
Alexandra Skoly, fr. (undeclared), 3.58
Tenaya West, jr. (human biology), 3.65