June 11, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - Former University of Oklahoma gymnast David Johnston has been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic At-Large All-America first team. Johnston, a member of the 2002 OU National Championship team, also earned his fourth Academic All-America honor by the Gymnastic Coaches Association this past season.

The Dallas, Texas native garnered Athletic All-America honors in 2000 when he established a school record of a 9.90 on the rings at the NCAA Championships, placing him in the top six in the country. In addition to his academic All-America honor, he has been an eight-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Sooner Scholar, plus a six-time selection to the Dean's list and has appeared twice on the President's Honor Roll.

Johnston was a finalist for the 2002 Nissen-Emery Award and was named the Big 12 Conference Medal Award winner which is given to student-athletes who exemplifies what it means to be a "student" and an "athlete."

"David is the epitome of a student-athlete," head coach Mark Williams said. "He came to OU with high goals both in and out of the classroom. He was able to graduate within a four year period while competing on a national championship team. David is a tremendous success story and will continue to be as he works on his masters degree at the University of Notre Dame."