Eight UNH gymnasts named to EAGL All-Academic Team

TOWSON, Md. - A total of 69 gymnasts, including eight student-athletes from the University of New Hampshire, have been recognized as members of the 2001 East Atlantic Gymnastics League All-Academic Team, the league announced Wednesday.

Alicia Gomes (Beverly, Mass.), who has served as a student assistant each of the past two seasons because injuries curtailed her career as a competitive gymnast, is one of eight members of the All-Academic Team who recorded a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average over the last two semesters. She is also one of six gymnasts named to the team four times. Teammate Wendy Wheaton (Rockville, Md.) is one of the other five student-athletes to achieve that honor.

The other six Wildcats who made the grade - EAGL gymnasts who have compiled at least a 3.0 gpa for the last two semesters - are: Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.), Jennifer Dickson (Salisbury, Md.), Sara Gurka (Chicopee, Mass.), Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.), Erin Malinak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Suzanne Poretz (Alexandria, Va.).

All 69 gymnasts will be honored at the annual EAGL awards dinner on March 23 at the University of North Carolina. The sixth annual EAGL Championship Meet will be held at the Dean Smith Center on March 24 (6 p.m.).

UNH returns to action March 18 at Brown University with the University of Bridgeport. Meet time is 1 p.m.

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