DURHAM, N.H. – Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) registered a perfect 4.00 grade point average to lead a collection of nine University of New Hampshire gymnasts named Scholastic All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) for 2012-13.
Student-athletes were recognized for attaining a year-long or cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Gray, then a sophomore, earned her second straight Scholastic All-America honor. In April, the kinesiology: exercise science major garnered UNH's Katie Baldwin Academic Excellence award.
Co-captains Courtney Connors (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Jen Aucoin (Mullica Hill, N.J.) closed out their senior season with a Scholastic All-America berth. Connors earned her fourth such award with a 3.64 GPA in accounting; Aucoin tallied an impressive 3.95 GPA as a nutrition and wellness major to record her second career honor.
Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y.) made it back-to-back awards courtesy of a 3.73 GPA as a diatetics major during her junior season, and classmate Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass.) was feted for the first time in her academic career with a 3.65 GPA as a biomedical science major.
Four Wildcat freshmen joined the NACGC/W Scholastic All-America ranks: Rebekah Bubnar (Granville, Ohio/3.67, environmental conservation services); Cassy Izzo (Cranston, R.I./3.55, kinesiology: exercise science); Brittany Prestia (Harleysville, Pa./3.92, nursing) and Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn., 3.75, kinesiology: exercise science).
UNH recorded a cumulative 3.3186 GPA, which ranked 36th nationally and third among New England schools, behind only Brown (seventh, 3.5853 GPA) and Yale (11th, 3.5315). Towson (14th, 3.5027) and North Carolina (22nd, 3.4583) were the only EAGL schools to place ahead of New Hampshire.
The NACGC/W seeks to actively manage and develop the sport of women's gymnastics at the collegiate level and works with the NCAA and USA Gymnastics in order to provide the best possible experience for the student-athletes.