NORMAN, Okla. – Six members of the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team were awarded Scholastic All-America honors by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) on Friday.
Lara Albright, Rebecca Clark, Natasha Kelley, Bethany Neubauer, Kayla Nowak and Haley Scaman all earned the award after carrying a current year of cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better.
“Being a Scholastic All-American is a huge honor,” Albright said. "I'm proud of my teammates who have received this award for the past academic year. Our team has put an emphasis on academics as well as athletics, and it feels nice to have those efforts recognized."
OU’s honors marks the seventh consecutive season that the Sooners have had at least five gymnastics earn Scholastic All-America honors. Under head coach K.J. Kindler, Oklahoma gymnasts have earned a total of 43 academic accolades from the NACGC.
Of the Sooners’ award-winners, five are repeat honorees. Kelley, Neubauer and Nowak all earned their third award from the association, while Albright and Clark are both two-time recipients of the honor.
A marketing major from Carrollton, Texas, Albright posted a 3.88 GPA to earn her second career award. Albright competed on floor in every meet for OU as a junior, tying her career-high of 9.90 on floor three times. A key component of the Sooner floor lineup, she tied for fourth at the NCAA Norman Regional with a 9.875.
Clark earned a 3.73 GPA as an accounting major to pick up her second award as well. A first-team All-American on bars as a sophomore in 2013, Clark was also the Big 12 beam co-champion and the NCAA Norman Regional bars co-champion. In June, Clark was named an Capitol One Academic All-American on the women’s at-large team by CoSIDA.
An instructional leadership major with a 3.86 GPA, Kelley finished her gymnastics career in 2012 as a Sooner. A 2011 All-American, Kelley was also a four-time All-Big 12 honoree for Oklahoma.
An arts and sciences planned program major boasting a 3.86 GPA, Neubauer last saw competition for OU in 2012 as a freshman before choosing to retire due to injury.
Nowak earned her third career appearance on the list as a senior, picking up a 3.5 GPA as she completed her degree in management and marketing. A two-time All-American at Oklahoma and a standout all-around competitor, Nowak retired from competition in 2013 after injuring her back.
Capturing her first career Scholastic All-America award was Scaman, earning a 3.7 GPA as an arts and sciences major. The 2013 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, Scaman was also the Big 12 floor champion, NCAA Norman Regional floor co-champion and an NACGC All-American on floor.The NACGC Scholastic All-America award is only granted to gymnasts who attain a GPA (cumulative or yearly) of 3.5 or better.