Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Gymnastics Finishes Top 20 Nationally in Team GPA
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan gymnastics team continued its tradition of excellence as the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women honored the Chippewas for their academic success in 2012-13.

CMU posted a 3.4818 team grade-point average last year, good for 18th in the nation. Central Michigan was one of five Mid-American Conference teams to finish in the top 25.

Central Michigan also had 10 student-athletes honored by the NACGC/W as they earned the Scholastic All-America award. Seniors Kari Dieffenderfer (3.94/health fitness), Meaghan McWhorter (3.61/political science) and Emily LaFontaine (3.77/health fitness); juniors Emily Heinz (3.75/biology) and Brittany Petzold (3.85/health fitness); sophomore Kylie Fagan (3.75/early childhood development), Tori Garcia (3.75/accounting) and Taylor Noonan (3.62/biology); freshmen Alexis Lajeunesse (3.63/) and Megan Lamphere (3.71/undecided) all earned the distinction for the Chippewas

To receive the award, an individual must have earned a cumulative or year-long GPA of 3.5 or higher. The 10 honorees is the second highest in a single season in program history, surpassed only by the Chippewas’ 13 honorees in 2011.

In total, 123 Central Michigan gymnasts have earned the Scholastic All-America distinction since 1991.