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Two Gymnasts Receive Academic All-Conference Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 05, 2011
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April 5, 2011

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Two Arizona gymnasts have been recognized for Pac-10 All-Conference Academic honors, Commissioner Larry Scott announced 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.

Two Arizona athletes who have done just this, as senior Miranda Russell was named to the All-Academic first team for the third consecutive year, and junior Britnie Jones was named to the second team.

Russell is no stranger to academic awards, also bolstering three Scholastic All-American recognitions (2007, 2008, 2009) in addition to being recognized as a U of A Academic Champion from 2007-2009. A Spanish major with a cumulative GPA of 3.69, Russell has been accepted into the highly prestigious Teach for America program - a program in which only 15% of applicants are accepted.

"I think it's been pretty amazing that she's been able to be recognized three straight years for her academic performance," head coach Bill Ryden said. "She's coming down and making her final marks on the university at the end of her career. Miranda is certainly one of the best student athletes at Arizona, and she is an honor to both the university and the gymnastics program."

Jones is a pre-business major possessing a cumulative 3.36 GPA. This is her second consecutive year being honored by the conference for academics, as she was All-Academic 2nd team last year as well.

"Obviously Britnie is a very dedicated student and to be honored twice by the conference is a very nice thing for both her and our program," Ryden said.

All-Conference honorable mentions went out to sophomores Aubree Cristello, and Molly Quirk.

All of the All-Academic Conference awards are as follows:


First Team

Mary Atkinson, ASUSr. 3.72Bioscience

Ruby Engreitz, WASHJr. 3.66Psychology

Aisha Gerber, UCLAJr. 3.71World Arts & Culture

Danielle Ikoma, STANSr. 3.47Biology

Kristen Linton, WASHSr. 3.46Law Societies & Justice

Stephanie McGregor, OSUJr. 3.96Bioengineering

Kahoku Palafox, ASUJr. 3.69Sustainability

Callie Price, ASUJr. 3.65Kinesiology

Amelia Rew, ASUSo. 3.89Bioscience

Miranda Russell, ARIZSr. 3.69Spanish

Brittany Schuett, ASUSr. 4.03Speech and Hearing/Psychology

Samantha Walior, WASHSr. 3.63Accounting


Second Team

Shelley Alexander, STANSr. 3.40Science, Technology & Society

Haley Bogart, WASHSr. 3.46Business

Amanda Davies, ASUJr. 3.49Exercise and Wellness

Avery Gee, CALSr. 3.35Cognitive Science

Allyse Ishino, STANSr. 3.30Human Biology

Nicole Johnson, ASUSo. 3.54Kinesiology

Britnie Jones, ARIZJr. 3.36Pre-Business

Talia Kushynski, UCLASr. 3.43Sociology

Leslie Mak, OSUJr.. 3.44Marketing

Nicole Pechanec, STANJr.. 3.29Engineering

Lauren Rogers, WASHSo. 3.44Business

Olivia Vivian, OSUJr. 3.35New Media Communications

 Women's Gymnastics Honorable Mention All-Academic

Amanda Cline, Jr., WASH; Aubree Cristello, So., ARIZ; Nicole Dayton, So., STAN; Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Jr., UCLA; Melanie Jones, So., OSU; Alexandra Leggitt, Jr., CAL; Brittani McCullough, Sr., UCLA; Ashley Morgan, So., STAN; Molly Quirk, So., ARIZ; Christina Salavec, So., ASU; Mizuki Sato, Sr., UCLA; Niki Tom, Sr., UCLA; Lichelle Wong, So., UCLA.



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