Sept. 26, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - The men's gymnastics team at the University of Oklahoma has been recognized by the College Gymnastics Association as having the sixth highest cumulative grade point average in the nation last season. In addition, senior David Johnston and junior Brett Covey were named All-American Scholar-Athletes.

The University of Vermont won its first academic team title with a GPA of 3.398, and following them were William and Mary, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Iowa, last year's academic title winner, and Oklahoma.

Johnston is a rising senior and had a 3.80 GPA as a finance major last season. Covey majors in engineering and also had a 3.80 GPA in 2001. To be named an All-America Scholar-Athlete, gymnasts must have had a 3.50 or better GPA and a minimum NCAA gymnastics score of 8.0 during the 2000-2001 academic school year.

"I'm certainly proud of the academic achievement made by the team last year," said head coach Mark Williams. "We were second in the nation in terms of gymnastics and being sixth academically is an honor. David and Brett are great students and deserve the honors they received. We hope to continue our record of academic excellence in the upcoming season and in the future."