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