Sooners Rack Up Academic Honors

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Wes Moody
By Wes Moody
Communications Assistant
APRIL 14, 2017

NORMAN – Eight members of the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Champion Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team were named MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athletes, the conference announced Friday.

Sophomores Levi Anderson, Grant Kell and Genki Suzuki, junior Hunters Justus as well as seniors Allan Bower, Thao Hoang, Reese Rickett and Josh Yee all earned the award for Oklahoma.

Anderson, Bower, Hoang, Justus, Powarzynski, Suzuki and Yee, as well as senior Todd Dowdy, also earned places on the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team.

The academic honors add another level of success to the Sooners’ already-historic run. No. 1 OU added a sixth straight MPSF title to its resume a week ago. In addition to the team title, sophomore Yul Moldauer won the individual conference crown on floor, rings and parallel bars, while freshman Matt Wenske claimed vault and sophomore Levi Anderson took home the title on high bar.

The Sooners are in the midst of a program-best streak of 66 consecutive victories, dating back to NCAA team finals in 2014. The Sooners will look to cap their third straight unbeaten season with a third consecutive NCAA national championship next weekend as they travel to West Point, N.Y., April 21 and 22 to defend their titles at the 2017 NCAA Championships.

MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be at least a sophomore academically, completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season and competed in fifty percent or of the season's competitions. 

To qualify for the All-Big 12 At-Large First Team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.20 or higher GPA either cumulative or in 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.

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