Three GymCats Earn All-Conference Academic Honors

April 1, 2010

Conference Release

The Arizona GymCats earned three more All-Conference awards, the Pac-10 announced Thursday.

Senior Sarah Tomczyk and junior Miranda Russell were highlighted for their academic success, earning first team Academic All-Conference honors. Sophomore Britnie Jones was honored as well, named to the 2nd team.

Sarah Tomczyk graduated with a degree in English with a GPA of 3.51 and is currently working on earning her teaching certificate. Tomczyk was recently named to the 2nd All-Conference team for vault and bars for the 2010 season. She has also earned many academic accolades throughout her career, including the U of A Academic Champion in 2006, 2007,2008, and 2009 as well as a Scholastic All-American in 2008 and 2009. Tomczyk was also named to the Academic All-Conference 2nd team in 2008 and 2009.

Miranda Russell is currently a Spanish major with a GPA of 3.66. Russell is highly recognized for her academics as well. She was named to the Academic All-Conference 1st team in 2009, was a Scholastic All-American in 2009, 2008, and 2007, and was recognized as a U of A Academic Champion from 2007-2009. Russell was also named to the Academic All-Conference 2nd team in 2008.

Britnie Jones earned 2nd team Academic All-Conference accolades for her GPA of 3.400 with an undecided major. This is Jones' first time being honored for academics in her career.

'Sarah and Miranda have done a great job their entire career with their academics. It is so awesome that Britnie was able to get this award as a sophomore, hopefully this sets an example for our younger girls on the team.' Head Coach Bill Ryden said, 'All of these girls have been so successful academically so far in their careers, and it just goes to show that being a college athlete isn't just about the sport, but being successful in school as well - and these girls do a great job.'

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