WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -Three Arizona gymnasts have been honored with Pac-12 academic accolades including a First-Team All-Academic honor for the 2013-14 season, announced Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on Monday.
To be eligible for academic team selection, the student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be a significant contributor to the team.
"It's very important to our team," head coach Bill Ryden said. "Our academic progress rate (APR) and graduation numbers show how seriously we take it. To be honored by the conference on these academic achievements is an honor."
Senior Shana Sangston, who leads the team GPA, earned First-team All-Academic honors with a 3.84 for the third time in her career. Sangston is a Family Studies and Human Development major.
During the 2014 season, she was the lone senior competing for the Wildcats in every meet. This season, Sangston earned career-highs in both of her signature events. She earned a 9.825 on vault and 9.850 on floor. Since beginning her career in an Arizona leotard, Sangston has competed in every meet.
"For someone who walked on the team with the unknown of where she would make an impact, the impact she has made academically and athletically have been above and beyond any hope or expectation I ever had," Ryden said. "I'm very proud that she has done all this. She has brought honor to the program, herself and the university. It shows her hard work and commitment to Arizona."
Also being honored are junior Amber Wobma and sophomore Shelby Edwards. Both have earned honorable mentions for the All-Academic team.
Wobma has a 3.45 GPA as a Pre-Public Health major. This season, Wobma was a major contributor on vault, beam and floor. She, too, earned career-high scores in each event including a 9.850 on vault, a 9.850 on beam and a 9.900 on floor.
"Amber has been doing a great job academically," Ryden said. "It's nice to be recognized for her efforts. She's getting better at gymnastics and at handling her education. She's maturing into a great gymnast and is turning into a role model in and out of the gym."
Sophomore Shelby Edwards made the list with a 3.15 GPA as a Journalism major. Edwards was the Pac-12 Vault Co-Champion this year with a career-high 9.950. Edwards was a large part in the success of Arizona on vault, bars and floor. Edwards earned a career-high 9.850 on bars and 9.900 on vault this season, as well.
"Shelby is obviously a big part of our team," Ryden said. "To be named all-conference athletically and to add an academic mention on top of that shows her honor and commitment to be everything a student-athlete is supposed to be. She is only going to be even better and I'm proud of all her achievements."
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