OSU's McGregor named Pac-12 gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State's Stephanie McGregor was named the Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Saturday at the Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championships. The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
McGregor is a bioengineering major with a 3.98 GPA. She was named to the 2011 CoSIDA academic All-District First Team, as well as the 2010 and 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic First Team. From 2009-12 McGregor was a NACGC Scholastic All-American. The senior was awarded the Waldo-Cummings Award in 2010, the most prestigious acknowledgement given to undergraduate students at Oregon State. During the summer of 2012 McGregor participated in Beavers Without Borders, a mission trip to Ethiopia where she spent time building two houses for those in need. In addition, McGregor is the SAAC president for the Beavers.
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The Calgary, Alberta, native has hit 94 out of 99 (.949) routines in her career entering the Pac-12 Championships. She had to miss the 2012 season due to an injury to her Achilles tendon. She returned for a fifth year after her injury as a bars specialist - competing bars in every meet this year - and has been a key reserve for the vault lineup, performing on vault in eight of the 10 meets in 2013. She set a new career high on bars this season with a 9.925. During her career as a Beaver, McGregor has performed four routines at NCAA championships.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
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A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball and wrestling. The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were established during the 2007-08 academic year.
Other nominees included: Molly Quirk, ARIZ; Kahoku Palafox, ASU; Ashley Morgan, STAN; Lichelle Wong, UCLA; Megan Whitney, WASH.