DURHAM, N.H. – Three-time winner Kayla Gray (Buffalo, N.Y.) headlined a group of eight University of New Hampshire gymnasts named Scholastic All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) for the 2013-14 academic year.
Student-athletes were recognized for attaining a year-long or cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or above.
Gray, a kinesiology: exercise science major, boasted a 3.94 GPA. The rising senior, who will serve as a 2014-15 co-captain, has been tabbed to the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) All-Academic Team three times and is the program's two-time and reigning Katie Baldwin Academic Excellence Award winner for highest cumulative GPA.
Three members of the Class of 2014 were feted: three-time recipient Jillian Hudson (Sparkill, N.Y./nutrition/3.79 GPA), two-time winner Erin Machado (Swansea, Mass./biomedical science/3.70) and first-time honoree Hannah Barile (Sinking Spring, Pa./kinesiology: exercise science/3.58).
Sophomores Brittany Prestia (Harleysville, Pa./nursing/3.71) and Elissa Solomon (Ridgefield, Conn./kinesiology: exercise science/3.62) made it back-to-back Scholastic All-America berths, while freshmen Kaylor Kelley (Loudon, Tenn./kinesiology: exercise science/3.96) and Jen King (Freehold, N.J./kinesiology: exercise science/3.83) garnered the honor in their first collegiate season.
The Wildcats compiled an aggregate team GPA of 3.2867, which ranked 44th nationally.
UNH won the 2014 EAGL Championship at the Whittemore Center, which marked the second EAGL title in school history (2003). The 'Cats reached the NCAA Regional Championships for the 31st time in the last 33 years, and reached the postseason for the 33rd time in head coach Gail Goodspeed's 35 seasons. No. 25 New Hampshire finished the season with its highest ranking since the 1994 squad's all-time best finish of No. 12.
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.
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