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Three Earn Scholastic Honors
March 31, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. Three University of Oklahoma gymnasts racked up more awards today as the university’s annual scholar-athlete awards were announced.

Erin LaBarr, Katie Hostler and Caitlin Hinkis distinguished themselves among the Sooners’ elite student-athletes with their respective honors.

LaBarr was named one of the winners of the Athletics Council Achievement Award. The award is given annually to student-athletes who have overcome great personal, academic and/or emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

The senior, who was recently voted the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, is the captain of the 2005 women’s gymnastics team. The Bartlesville, Okla., native competes in gymnastics despite a brain cyst that forced her to quit for three years in high school and has coped with the tragic loss of her mother to cancer last November.

Hostler was selected as one of OU’s Outstanding Scholar-Athletes of the Year. The award is given to student-athletes who have attained the highest level of scholarly and athletics success in the past year.

The junior from St. Charles, Mo., posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in both the spring and fall semesters in 2004. She has a 3.92 cumulative GPA in health and exercise science.

Hinkis was honored with the Jay Myers Award. The award is given annually to the freshman student-athlete who best combines excellence in scholarship with potential excellence in their athletic field.

The Simsbury, Conn., native began the season competing on just uneven bars but earned a bigger role with the team after Ashley Cooney injured her ankle in a Feb. 25 at Iowa State. Thrown into the fire, Hinkis scored an incredible 9.875 in her first collegiate routine on the balance beam, the sport’s most difficult event. The freshman’s performance was regarded as the difference in the meet as the Sooners won by two-tenths of a point.

Hinkis, a biochemistry major, earned a 3.58 GPA for the fall 2004 semester.

The athletics department will recognize the award winners at the Scholastic Athlete Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, April 12, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Ballroom.

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