To be eligible for the Academic All-America team, which is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or important reserve and be in at least their second season at their current school. District VIII includes schools from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia. The District VIII winners advance to the GTE All-American national ballot and the national team will be announced on April 20, 2000.
Berryman, a junior from Phoenix who went to Horizon High School, had a
4.00 GPA in physiological sciences and this year's honor marks the second
consecutive season that she has been named to the GTE All-Academic District
She won the 2000 Pacific-10 Conference 10-meter platform diving championship in February and was the runner-up in the 3-meter springboard event. A four-time All-America diver, she then went on to NCAA Championships and placed sixth in the 10-meter platform diving event, ninth in 1-meter springboard and 18th in 3-meter springboard event.
As for Hornbeek, who is from Glendale, Ariz. and attended Ironwood High School, she earned a 3.71 GPA in physiological sciences/general biology. This is the third time in her career that she has been selected to the GTE Academic All District VIII team after previously receiving the honor in 1999 and 1997. She has also been named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Academic first team three times as well (2000, 1999, 1997).
A seven-time All-Pac-10 and six-time All-America selection, Hornbeek is one of six finalists for the AAI (American Athletic Incorporated) American Award, which honors the top senior gymnast in the nation for excellence in athletics and academics. She currently holds 31 top-five finishes and nine individual event titles.