Sixty-One Sooners Named to Academic Rookie Team

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN — Sixty-one University of Oklahoma student-athletes have been named to the 2018-19 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, the conference announced Thursday.

The team, comprised of 494 Big 12 student-athletes, honors conference competitors who were new, incoming freshmen at their respective institutions during the 2018-19 season.

Ten of the 54 Big 12 student-athletes (almost 20 percent) nominated with 4.00 grade point average are from OU. The Sooners with perfect GPAs are Clary Donica (women's basketball), Jordyn Kaplan (cross country/track and field), Emma LaPinta (women's gymnastics), Allie Stern (women's gymnastics), Abigail Gordon (rowing), Annika Smith (rowing), Jasmine Richards (soccer), Kianah Motosono (women's tennis), Chandler Branum (track and field) and Faith Ette (track and field).

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshmen who have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in at least one of their team's scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective team for their sport's entire NCAA Championship segment. The Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team was introduced in the 2012-13 academic year.