Twelve Sooners Named to Academic All-Big 12 Team

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Chelsey Kraft
By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications
MARCH 14, 2017

NORMAN — Twelve members of the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team were named 2017 Academic All-Big 12 selections, the conference announced Tuesday. The 12 honorees represent the highest number of academic all-conference picks under head coach K.J. Kindler, surpassing nine selections in both 2014 and 2015.

Seniors Chayse Capps, Reagan Hemry, Charity Jones, Kara Lovan and McKenzie Wofford, juniors Natalie Brown and Stefani Catour and sophomores Brenna Dowell, Nicole Lehrmann and Alex Marks all received first-team recognition. Senior Nicole Turner and junior AJ Jackson earned second-team status.

In each of Kindler’s 11 seasons at the helm of the OU program, at least five Sooners have received academic accolades from the Big 12. Kindler’s teams have now earned a total of 81 such awards in her time at Oklahoma.

Overall, 29 Big 12 student-athletes earned the academic recognition this year, with 25 being placed on the first team and four on the second team. Oklahoma's 12 selections were the most in the conference. West Virginia tallied seven, while Iowa State and Denver both had five.

This marks the third straight season that Capps and Wofford earned first-team recognition, while Brown, Jones and Lovan picked up honors for the second time.

First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while second-team picks must hold a GPA of 3.0-3.19.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

This weekend, postseason competition begins for Oklahoma as it heads to the Big 12 Championship, scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on Saturday inside Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

The Sooners will be in pursuit of their sixth straight conference championship and ninth under Kindler. The meet, which will pit OU against No. 7 Denver, No. 22 West Virginia and Iowa State, will air through FloGymnastics (subscription required). Tickets to the championship can be purchased online.

2017 Oklahoma Academic All-Big 12 Selections
Name Major Year
Team
Natalie Brown Management Jr.
First
Chayse Capps Health and Exercise Science Sr.
First
Stefani Catour Human Relations Jr.
First
Brenna Dowell Management So.
First
Reagan Hemry Human Relations Sr.
First
Charity Jones Criminology Sr.
First
Nicole Lehrmann Biology So.
First
Kara Lovan Risk Management Sr.
First
Alex Marks Health and Exercise Science So.
First
McKenzie Wofford Human Relations Sr.
First
AJ Jackson Health and Exercise Science  Jr.  Second
Nicole Turner Administrative Leadership Sr. Second

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