May 17, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior gymnast and neurobiology, physiology & behavior major Katie Yamamura earned Capital One Academic All-District VIII honors for the second straight year, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America Friday morning. She now advances to the Academic All-America ballot.
A native of Palo Alto, Calif. and an alumna of Gunn High School, Yamamura wrapped up what was arguably the most outstanding career in program history. She qualified for the NCAA region championship for the third time in her career, captured her second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year nod, and won All-MPSF honors in all four events plus the all-around. Yamamura also broke her own school record in the all-around with a 39.325, then matched it two weeks later. In all, she broke the 39-point barrier four times during the year, including a winning 39.050 at the MPSF Championships.
Yamamura earned Capital One Academic All-America second-team distinction as a junior, the same year in which she received the university's W.P. Lindley Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete of the year. (Note: the Lindley Award may only be won once during a student-athlete's career.). She has won MPSF All-Academic honors the maximum three times and will pick up a fourth NACGC/W Academic award when the latter program is announced this summer.
The Academic All-District VIII award, which went to 10 athletes in the West Region, continues a string of academic honors for Yamamura this year. Earlier this spring, she won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award and was selected as a Top 10 finalist for the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year.
As a gymnast, Yamamura earned her award in the Women's At-Large category. CoSIDA also issues Academic All-District/America awards for soccer, football, volleyball, baseball, softball and track & field/cross country throughout the year.
To be nominated for CoSIDA's awards program, a student-athlete must be a starter or "important reserve" with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or better. Furthermore, he/she must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests, must have attended his/her current institution for a full calendar year and must have reached sophomore or later academic standing. Yamamura entered the spring quarter with a 3.93 GPA.
CoSIDA will announce the Academic All-America teams in early June.
CAPITAL ONE DIVISION I ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VIII, WOMEN'S AT-LARGE
Laura Claus, San Diego, Fencing (3.96, Finance & Business Administration)
Katie Yamamura, UC Davis, Gymnastics (3.93 Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior)
Darcie Anderson, San Jose State, Swimming (3.97, Kinesiology)
Katie Dick, Washington State, Rowing (3.98, Philosophy)
Caitlin Kennedy, Southern Utah, Gymnastics (4.00, Exercise Science)
Hailee Hansen, Utah, Gymnastics (3.95, Mass Communication)
Amarens Genee, Hawai'i, Water Polo (3.91, Kinesiology)
Anna Senko, UCLA, Swimming (3.91, Communication Studies)
Flora Bolonyai, USC, Water Polo (3.39, Economics/Mathematics)
Rachel Palmer, Northern Arizona, Swimming (3.96, Health Sciences-Public Health)