DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire women’s gymnastics squad tied a program record by placing nine gymnasts on the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches For Women All-Academic Team honoring their outstanding efforts in the classroom in 2007-08. The women’s gymnastics program also had nine gymnasts recognized as All-Academic selections in 1999.
    Senior Rebekah Porter (Valparaiso, Ind.) was named to the squad for the fourth consecutive time in her career with an impressive 3.84 GPA as a Kinesiology major. In addition, junior Lindsay Kovary (Huntington Station, N.Y.) was honored for the third consecutive time with a 3.67 as a Biology major.
    Other UNH gymnasts named to the all-academic squad included sophomore Kelsey Alwin (St. Michael, Minn.) with a mark of 3.52 (Nursing); senior Beth Bronson (Jacksonville, Fla.) with a 3.67 (Family Studies); freshman Katie Caliendo (Manorville, N.Y.) with a 3.75 (undeclared); sophomore Diane Grey (Spring, Texas) with a 3.52 (Health Management and Policy); senior Fairen Plummer (Louisville, Ky.) with a 3.62 (Sociology/Justice Studies); sophomore Keeley Smith (University Place, Wash.) with a 3.66 (English/Journalism); and freshman Chelsea Steinberg (Ridgewood, N.J.) with a 3.62 (undeclared).
    Porter, who also worked as a student athletic trainer at UNH, earned many other academic honors in the last two years while at UNH including: the Department of Kinesiology Barbara King Newman Scholarship (awarded to the junior exhibiting scholarship, athletic ability, leadership potential and qualities of a good teacher); being named one of 20 students from around the country to participate in the Collegiate Sports Medicine Foundation Athletic Training Student Leadership Workshop; earning the 2008 Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association/District I Carl Krein Scholarship; the 2008 Daniel R. Sedory National Athletic Trainers’ Association District I/New Hampshire Athletic Trainers Association Scholarship; the 2008 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Frank George Postgraduate Scholarship; the 2008 NCAA Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers In Athletics (the first student-athlete ever from UNH and one of just 13 women awarded); the 2008 University of New Hampshire Dean Williamson Award (awarded to the senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University, and who demonstrates selfless devotion to others). She also will work in a Graduate Assistantship for Athletic Training at the University of Oregon from 2008-2010.
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