Five UCLA Gymnasts Earn Pac-12 All-Academic Honors
April 6, 2012
Five UCLA gymnasts were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic gymnastics team for 2012 - first-team honoree Aisha Gerber, second-team selection Samantha Peszek and honorable mention picks Kaelie Baer, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs and Lichelle Wong.
Gerber, a senior from Cambridge, Ont., holds a 3.75 cumulative GPA in World Arts & Culture. This is Gerber's second consecutive first-team Pac-12 All-Academic award. She was also a second-team selection in 2010. Gerber is a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 honoree on uneven bars and is the Bruins' top-ranked bars performer, ranked No. 13 nationally.
Peszek, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Ind., has a 3.48 cumulative GPA and is receiving her first career Pac-12 All-Academic honor. Peszek, the defending NCAA balance beam champion, has won the all-around in five meets this season and also has five beam victories. She is a second-team all-conference performer on beam and a two-time Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week this season.
Baer, a senior from Columbus, Ind., earns her first Pac-12 All-Academic honor. She has competed in every meet this season and has set career-highs on both vault (9.875) and beam (9.85).
Hopfner-Hibbs, a senior from Toronto, Ont., receives her third career Pac-10 All-Academic honor. The 2012 Pac-12 beam champion ranks fourth in the nation on floor exercise and 14th on beam. She leads UCLA with a 39.417 all-around average.
Wong, a junior from Ossendrecht, Holland, earns her second consecutive Pac-12 All-Academic honor. Prior to suffering a season-ending injury on Feb. 17, Wong had posted career-best numbers on vault (9.85), beam (9.925), floor (9.9) and all-around (39.325) this season.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
2011 Pac-10 All-Academic - Women's Gymnastics
Honorable Mention: Hatsune Akaogi, Sr., WASH; Kaelie Baer, Sr., UCLA; Alyssa Brown, Sr., STAN; Rebecca Cardenas, R-Jr., ARIZ; Carol Chang, Jr., CAL; Amanda Cline, Jr., WASH; Dallas Crawford, So., CAL; Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Sr., UCLA; Beate Jones, Gr., ASU; Corrie Lothrop, So., UTAH; Lucy Meyer, So., STAN; Ashley Morgan, Jr., STAN; Stina Olivere, Jr., CAL; Molly Quirk, Jr., ARIZ; Lauren Rogers, Jr., WASH; Chelsea Spomer, Jr., CAL; Phoebe Tham, Jr., WASH; Olivia Vivian, Sr., OSU; Jordan Williams, So., ARIZ; Lichelle Wong, Jr., UCLA.
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