Sooners Earn CoSIDA Academic Honors

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 26, 2006

NORMAN, Okla.-- Sophomore Gabby Baker, junior Brittney Koncack-Schumann and senior Tommy Garrison were named to the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District At-Large Team Thursday.

Baker and Garrison are members of the Sooner tennis teams while Koncack-Schumann competes in gymnastics for OU. The trio will advance to the national ballot to be considered for Academic All-America at-large team honors.

Junior Brian Carr, a member of OU's national champion men's gymnastics team, and Amparo Gala Marco, a senior on the women's golf team, were named to the all-district second team.

This marks the first selection to the CoSIDA at-large All-Academic team for each of these student-athletes. The at-large team is made up of student-athletes from all NCAA sports except football, men's and women basketball, baseball, softball and men's and women's track.

Those sports have their own Academic All-America teams in the CoSIDA program.

Nominated by members of CoSIDA, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic eligibility, be a starter or key reserve and have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average to be considered for the team. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and transfer students who are in their first year at the institution are not eligible for the team.

Schools were limited to three nominations each for the men's and women's teams.

Baker, who has a 4.0 GPA in journalism, was named to the All-Big 12 team in singles and finished the season with a 17-11, the best mark on the women's team. She advanced to the round of 16 during the 2005 ITA Central Regional last fall, returning to the competition after suffering an ACL injury prior to the 2004-05 season. She was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team this spring and is a six-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Sooner Scholar list.

In her first season with the Sooners, Baker finished with a 10-3 mark in singles play and was 18-5 in doubles play on her way to the 2004 Big 12 No. 3 doubles title. She is from Gold Coast, Australia.

Koncack-Schumann, who has a 3.93 in health and sports science, was the top performer for the Sooners in every event during the 2006 season. She won the 2006 Big 12 All-Around title and finished in a tie for second in the floor exercise at the Big 12. She later tied for first in the all-around at the NCAA Central Regional, helping the Sooners win the team title.

She tied for second on bars and beam and tied for third on the floor at the regional. She earned NCAA All-America honors after finishing eighth in the all-around and tying for eighth on the beam at the NCAA Championships. She earned Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honors three times this season and was ranked in the top 25 nationally in every event and was sixth in the all-around.

A two-time selection to the Big 12 All-Academic first team, she has had a 4.0 in her four of her six semesters of academic work at OU. She served as president of the 2005-2006 University of Oklahoma Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and will serve as president of the national committee in 2006-2007.

Garrison, who has s 3.90 GPA in math/pre-medicine, won the 2006 Big 12 #2 doubles title. He tied the school record for most consecutive wins and has been a two-time Sooner team captain. He also was named to the 2005 All-Big 12 doubles team.

He is a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete award winner. He earned the 2005 and 2006 ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Award for leadership and sportsmanship. Garrison received the 2006 Big 12 Conference Medal winner, given to senior student-athlete who excels in athletics and academics, and recently received the Big 12 Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship.

He is a three-time Big 12 All-Academic first team honoree. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Sooner Scholar list eight times. He is a nominee for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was OU's nominee for 2006 Big 12 Sportsmanship Award. He is from Enid, Okla.

The lone senior on the 2005-06 Sooner squad, Gala Marco recorded a season-low 233 at the 2006 Susie Maxwell Berning. She had a season average of 81.3. She was Big 12 Golfer of the Month in February 2004 and posted a career best second-place finish at the 2004 Jeannine McHaney Invitational.

A three-time selection to the Big 12 All-Academic first team, she was named to the 2005 All-American Scholar team by the National Golf Coaches Association. She played in the NCAA Central Regional in 2003 and 2004 and had an all-time Big 12 best finish of 14th in 2003. She was an eight-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and also was an eight-time Sooner Scholar.

She received 2006 Big 12 Conference Medal winner, presented to senior who excels in athletics and academics, and recently was awarded the Prentice Gautt Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship. She has a 3.86 GPA in biochemistry and is from Valencia, Spain.

Carr, who has a 3.41 GPA in petroleum engineering, helped lead the Sooners to 2006 NCAA Championship, the fourth team title in the last five years. He earned All-America honors on the pommel horse. He was a key member of the 2006 team that won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title.

He won the pommel horse and high bar in a dual vs. Air Force and posted the top score on the high bar at the Rocky Mountain Open. He finished in the top three in three different meets throughout the season. He set a career high on the pommel horse and high bar in 2005. He has been named to two MPSF All- Academic teams (2005 and 2006) and is a six-time Sooner Scholar. He is from Mandeville, La.

The men's national team will be announced June 13 while the women's team will be announced on June 15.



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