Five Sooners Earn Academic Honor

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 25, 2010

July 20, 2010


NORMAN, Okla. - Five Oklahoma women's gymnasts earned National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches All-American Scholar Athlete Awards, the NACGC announced.

Candace Cindell - 3.55 (Journalism), Megan Ferguson - 3.51 (Broadcasting & Electronic Media) and Natalie Ratcliff - 3.86 (Early Childhood Education) earned the honor for the second-straight season, while freshmen Kayla Nowak - 3.72 (undecided) and Nitya Ramaswami - 4.00 (Chemical Engineering) rounded out the OU accolades.

“The scholar athletes are to be congratulated because they deserve the credit for their personal achievements in the classroom,” OU Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academics Dr. Gerald Gurney said. “With that said, K.J. (Kindler) has been instrumental in building not only competitive excellence but also an academic mission for her student-athletes.”

Ramaswami was one of just 67 gymnasts in the country and the only gymnast in the Big 12 conference to finish the year with a perfect 4.0 GPA. 

Candace Cindell  |  Megan Ferguson Kayla Nowak  |   Nitya Ramaswami  |   Natalie Ratcliff

Oklahoma finished the 2009-2010 academic year with a team GPA of 3.34 to hold the second-best team GPA in the Big 12. 

This year marks the fourth-straight season that OU has placed at least five gymnasts on the All-American Scholar Athlete list. 

“K.J. has set a tone for academic excellence from the day she set foot on campus,” Gurney added. “The women’s gymnastics team has a recent graduation rate of a perfect 100 percent and is consistently in the top-five team GPAs for all OU athletics.”

Ferguson and Ratcliff were also honored by the Big 12 conference earlier this year, both were named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team. 

“A gymnast who is coached by K.J. understands that a solid performance includes a solid academic performance,” Gurney said.

To qualify for NACGC All-American Scholar Athlete honors, gymnasts must attain a GPA of 3.5 or better.




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