TOWSON, Md. –
The Towson University's women's gymnastics team was lauded for its academic success this past year, placing 20th in the nation in overall team grade-point average, while eight gymnasts were individually honored by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA).
, Katie McGrady
, Lauren Cahalan
, Mary Elle Arduino
, Noelle Harada
, Olivia Lubarsky
, Tyra McKellar
and Zoey Packard
were all recognized for having a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the 2017-18 academic year.
The Tigers had a team GPA of 3.55.
Meeting the required 3.5 grade-point average (GPA) or better required, 760 (55%) student-athletes earned Scholastic All-America honors. The percentage of women's collegiate gymnasts honored last year was 47.83%, and the previous high was set in 2015-16 with 49% of student-athletes earning a 3.5 or better GPA.
"I am extremely proud of our young ladies and the continued work ethic and importance each one of them puts on their academics," Towson head coach Vicki May
said. "They are the epitome of what a student-athlete entails and have been able to find the perfect balance between academics and gymnastics. They are so deserving of this honor and I could not be more pleased with their commitment to academic excellence."
A record number of student-athletes – 118 (8.54%) - earned a 4.0 GPA this year. This number has steadily risen since 2008 with 101 (7.68%) reaching academic perfection last year and 97 (7.52%) in 2015-16.
On the team side, Boise State posted the top team GPA with a 3.8060 and had 13 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or more. It is the second time in three years the Broncos ranked No. 1. Western Michigan ranked No. 2 and had 87.5% of its roster earn a 3.5 GPA or better. Texas Woman's was No. 3 on the team academic list for the second-straight year with a 3.7782 GPA.
The WCGA is the advocate for women's collegiate gymnastics. Until this month, the coaches' association was known as the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women.