Aug. 14, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Six UC Davis women's gymnasts plus the team as a whole captured Scholastic All-America honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women, it was announced Tuesday afternoon. A total of 60 gymnasts nationwide attained perfect 4.0 grade-point averages, including recent Aggie graduate Erika Van Dyke.
Alphabetically, the UC Davis honorees were junior Michelle Ho, senior Betsy Lim, freshman Cassandra Quebral, sophomore Erin Sayson, Van Dyke and junior Katie Yamamura. As a team, the Aggies compiled a 3.2912 GPA, ranking 35th among the 65 teams with 3.0 or better averages.
The NACGC/W Scholastic All-America criteria differs slightly from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic awards, which came out earlier in the spring. Student-athletes must have a year-long or a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, compared to the 3.0 minimum for the conference. Unlike the MPSF honors, there are no restrictions for academic year or participation in meets.
The NACGC/W awards continue the string of academic accolades bestowed upon head coach John Lavallee's team. Van Dyke, Yamamura, Ho and sophomore Michelle Kennedy had captured MPSF All-Academic in April. Yamamura garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors in May, then was elevated to the Academic All-America second team in June. Furthermore, the UC Davis team earned the Marya Welch Award for the highest composite GPA and picked up its second straight NCAA Public Recognition Award for Academic Progress Rate during the past school year.
Southern Utah led all NCAA teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.843, more than a full tenth ahead of Southeast Missouri State's 3.736. UW-La Crosse ranked third with a 3.711 average. A total of 471 student-athletes from all three divisions earned individual NACGC/W Scholastic All-America nods.
The Aggies also won their third consecutive MPSF team title last season, scoring a 193.675 during the championship meet in March.