Gymnastics Places EAGL-Leading 16 Members on All-Academic Team

Courtney Connors
Four-Time EAGL All-Academic Team

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team placed an East Atlantic Gymnastics League-leading 16 members and 76 percent of its roster on the EAGL All-Academic Team, the league announced Monday. Awards will be presented to the honorees at the 2013 EAGL Championship Banquet on Friday, March 22, in Chapel Hill, N.C.

In order to be named to the EAGL All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Freshmen are eligible if they earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester.

Senior co-captain Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.), a business administration: accounting major, garnered all-academic accolades for the fourth consecutive year.

Senior co-captain Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.), a nutrition & wellness major, earned all-academic honors for the third straight year. Other three-time honorees are juniors Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa./kinesiology: exercise science), Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y./nutrition), Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass./biomedical science) and Jannelle Minichiello (Tewksbury, Mass./psychology, business).

Sophomore Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y./kinesiology: exercise science) made it back-to-back years on the all-academic squad, joining senior and first-time recipient Becca Marrama (Lynnfield, Mass./nutrition & wellness) and eight members of the freshman class: Catarina Broccoli (Mystic, Conn./undeclared); Lauren Brodie (Mogadore, Ohio/undeclared); Rebekah Bubnar (Granville, Ohio/environmental conservation studies); Cassy Izzo (Cranston, R.I./biology); Brittany Prestia (Harleysville, Pa./undeclared); Alexa Profit (St. James, N.Y./recreation management & policy); Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn./kinesiology: exercise science) and Courtney Thompson (Chester, N.H./undeclared).

The Wildcats (17-7, 6-2 EAGL) will compete in the 2013 EAGL Championship, hosted by the University of North Carolina, on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. UNH, which is currently tied for No. 37 in this week's GymInfo rankings, will aim for a high score in hopes of cracking the Top-36 to secure a bid to the NCAA Regional Championships for the 30th time in 31 years.

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