Gymnastics squad also named a NACGC Scholastic All-America Team.
Aug. 15, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad was named a 2011-12 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Scholastic All-America Team on Tuesday. In addition, seven gymnasts were named Scholastic All-Americans.
Lara Albright, Candace Cindell, Rebecca Clark, Megan Ferguson, Natasha Kelley, Bethany Neubauer and Sara Stone were each honored for having a current year or cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
"We are very proud to honor this group of committed student-athletes," said Coach K.J. Kindler. "They have all worked so hard and have clearly made their academic success a priority."
As a team, OU had a 3.35 GPA over the fall and spring semesters, the highest team GPA of any Big 12 school. This year marks the sixth-straight year that the Sooners have had at least five gymnasts earn the All-American Scholar Athlete award. Earlier this year, OU led the Big 12 conference with seven Academic All-Big 12 selections.
Under head coach K.J. Kindler, Sooner gymnasts have made the NACGC Scholar Athlete list 37 times.
Cindell and Ferguson finish at OU as Scholar All-Americans all four years of their careers. Kelley and Neubauer are two-time honorees while Albright, Clark and Stone earned the award for the first time.
Albright, a management major, posted a 3.89 GPA this past academic year and has a 3.73 cumulative GPA. A native of Carrollton, Texas, Albright competed on floor in 12 of OU's 15 competitions in 2012, scoring a career-high 9.9 at the NCAA Champaign Regional.
Cindell, who competed on bars in all three of OU's 2012 postseason meets, has a team-high 4.0 GPA as a graduate student majoring in Adult and Higher Education. Finishing her eligibility this past season, Cindell posted a career-high 9.9 in her first bar routine of the season at the Big 12 Championship, tieing for second place.
Clark, an accounting major with a 3.73 GPA, posted a 9.8 or higher in 17 of her 21 routines during her freshman year this past season, including her last 10 straight performances. The Blue Springs, Mo., native missed the second half of the season after suffering a season-ending knee injury during practice in mid-February.
A Capital One Academic All-American this past season, Ferguson is an advertising major with a 3.67 GPA. The Olathe, Kan., native rounded out her career as the Big 12 Specialist of the Year and the national runner-up in the beam, collecting seven All-American awards during her time as a Sooner, tied for the second-most of any gymnast in program history.
Kelley had a 3.68 GPA this past year as a communication major despite suffering a career-ending Achilles tear before her senior year last season. In 2011, Kelley was named an All-American and All-Big 12 selection in both the bars and the beam.
An A&S planned program major with a 3.60 GPA, Neubauer last competed in 2010 as a freshman before retiring due to injuries.
Stone, a human relations major with a 3.88 GPA last year, added to her academic accomplishments with a first-team All-American honor on beam while also being named All-Big 12 on vault, beam and floor. A native of Dallas, Texas, Stone was ranked No. 1 in the country on vault for most of the season, including the final six weeks of 2012.
To qualify for NACGC All-American Scholar Athlete honors, gymnasts must attain a GPA of 3.5 or better.