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Gymnasts celebrate national academic championship

The TWU Gymnastics team and guests pose for a photo at Kitty Magee Arena

The Texas Woman’s University gymnastics team posted a national best 3.7947 team GPA to finish ahead of every other NCAA gymnastics program last year, including teams competing in Division I, II and III.

The Pioneers celebrated their top ranking in the classroom Saturday when they received pendants commemorating their 2014-15 Team Academic award from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

TWU The Pioneers edged the University of Utah (3.7838) for the top spot. Boise State University (3.7256) came in third while the University of Wisconsin-La Cross (3.6843) finished fourth and the University of Alabama (3.6456) rounded out the top-five.

All of the gymnasts, coaches and supporting staff from the Pioneers’ 2014-15 squad that were in attendance were presented with pendants. TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten was on hand to participate in this event along with Don Edwards, faculty athletics representative, Charolette Hunt, assistant director of athletics/compliance and academic services, Guy Litton, executive director honors programs, and Beth Yelverton, honors coordinator.

Donors who contributed towards the purchase of the pendants also were recognized at this ceremony. Some of the donors that were in attendance include Chancellor Feyten, Don and Pat Edwards, Bettye Myers, Lybeth Hodges and Jeff Robb, Jeff, Austin and Kyla Bowerman, Alexander S. Connors, Paul Ingram, Craig and Leslie Jones, Mary Saunders and Bob and Terry Widmer.

This is TWU Gymnastics’ first Team Academic award in program history, but the Pioneers have established themselves as one of the premier programs in the nation in terms of team GPA. TWU placed second in 2014 and fourth in 1991, 2006 and 2013. The 3.7947 team GPA is also the best ever by a Pioneer gymnastics team and broke the previous high of 3.760, set in 2014.

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