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Six Gymnasts Earn Scholastic All-America Awards
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 14, 2012
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Aug. 14, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) has announced team and individual Scholastic All-America recipients for the 2011-2012 season, including six individual athletes from the Arizona women's gymnastics team.

Student-athletes were recognized for accomplishing a year-long or cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Across each NCAA division, 531 student-athletes were recognized.

In her senior year, Rebecca Cardenas qualified as one of only 60 student athletes to bolster a 4.0 GPA finishing up her Psychology degree. This is Cardenas' second academic accolade, as she is an All-Academic Conference honorable mention for the season.

Also receiving Scholastic All-America honors are former seniors Katie Matusik with a GPA of 3.88 in Communications, and Britnie Jones with a GPA of 3.88 in Finance.

Aubree Cristello, Barbara Donaldson and Shana Sangston made the Scholastic All-America roster as well. Cristello rounded out her junior year with a 3.75 GPA in Marketing, and Donaldson and Sangston finished up their sophomore years with GPA's of 3.53 in French and Political Science and 3.88 in Family Studies (pre-nursing) respectively.

As a team, the Arizona Women's Gymnastics program ranked 40th overall and fourth highest within the Pac-12 programs. The team averaged a GPA of 3.2665, behind No. 4 Utah (3.6644), No. 23 Stanford (3.4057) and No. 25 Washington (3.3779). Other Pac-12 rankings included No. 52 Oregon State, No. 59 California, No. 61 UCLA and No. 67 Arizona State.

More information including links to the complete team and individual honors can be found in the official NCAA Scholastic All-America Award release.

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