Gymnastics Team Earns Academic All-America Honors

BOISE, Idaho Following a successful season in which the Boise State University gymnastics team competed in its 20th-consecutive NCAA West Regional Championships, the program continues to bring in the hardware.


The Broncos finished 12th in the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women Academic Team Championship, based on team grade point average.


The National Academic Team Champion is determined by using a standardized scale based on a maximum of 4.0 GPA and applied to all schools. Every student-athlete listed on the official NCAA squad list as of January 1st is required to be on the nomination form to qualify for the Academic Team award.


"I am so proud of this team,” head gymnastics coach Sam Sandmire said. “We were up against many institutions known nationally for their academics. It takes a tremendous amount of drive and discipline to excel in the classroom as well as in the gym.”


The mark is the highest academic national finish in Bronco gymnastics history, and surpassed all but one of the schools in the Western Athletic Conference, as well as each of the schools in the Pacific-10 Conference.


Southern Utah University, the only other WAC school in the top 15, led the nation in GPA.


The Broncos also boasted 10 individual Academic All-Americans, including senior Katie Dinsmore, juniors Tara Oberg, Kristin Aldrich, and Lindsay Ward, sophomore Alyssa Daly, and freshmen Shaniece Craft, Ashli Rainboth, Taylor Jacob, Courtney Achter, and Tessa Campbell.


The top 20 gymnastics programs according to team GPA are as follows, in order: Southern Utah, Winona State, Yale, Texas Women’s, Southeast Missouri State, Denver, Penn State, Wisconsin-La Crosse, Brown, George Washington, Eastern Michigan, Boise State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Maryland, Springfield, Alabama, Stanford, Utah State, and Utah.

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