April 17, 2013
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Three Arizona gymnasts have been named to the 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic team as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott today.
In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be either a starter, or be a significant contributor to the team.
The Wildcat athletes that have achieved this status include junior Shana Sangston, who was named to the first-team, and senior Aubree Cristello with junior Barbara Donaldson who were named to the second team.
“Education is the main reason these athletes are here: these awards really show what it means to be on point with both athletics and studies. The athletes who are able to make this list are exemplary of what it means to be a full faceted student athlete,” Head coach Bill Ryden commented. “For three of our athletes to be recognized is an honor for both our program and the department as a whole.”
This award is Sangston’s second consecutive first-team recognition, thanks to a GPA of 3.81 with a major in Family Studies and Human Development.
“I’m very proud of Shana and her achievements. She’s kept a rigorous load in academics and at the same time has really stepped up to contribute to the team. It’s amazing that she has grown so much in her gymnastics over the past year and also been able to keep her education on such point,” Ryden said.
This is also Cristello’s second nomination to the second-team. Cristello currently bolsters a 3.53 with a major in marketing.
“This just adds one more accolade to an incredibly fruitful athletic career here at Arizona. Grades are equally important to Aubree as her gymnastics performance and I’m just proud of who she is and what she’s done for us,” Ryden said.
Donaldson is a French major with a 3.57 GPA. This year marks the California native’s first recognition from the conference for academics.
“This is great for Barbara. She works so hard and is one of those unsung heroes of our team. She does whatever anyone asks of her and is incredibly intelligent so I’m very happy that she is being recognized,” Ryden said.
All-Conference honorable mentions went out to sophomores Jordan Williams and senior Molly Quirk.
For a full list of the All-Academic honors, please see the Official Release