The Illinois State University gymnastics team perfected their balance this past spring, averaging a 3.6860 team grade-point average throughout the 2019-20 season. The Redbirds were ranked No. 21 on the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association’s (WCGA) list of the top 25 teams in the nation, having 12 of the athletes posting a GPA of 3.5 or above.
"I am so very proud to announce that 80 percent of our team were Academic All-Americans this year," ISU head coach Bob Conkling said.
"As a team, we ranked No. 21 in the nation with a 3.686 GPA for the year and had a record-breaking spring semester GPA of a 3.836. I can't say enough about how this team stepped up academically this year, especially with going online midway through the spring semester."
Two of the 12 gymnasts recognized with WCGA Scholastic All-America Honors, Gabrielle Cooke and Sofia Iribarren, were also recognized on the Midwest Independent Conference’s (MIC) All-Conference team for their performance this past season. Despite the MIC championship being canceled, the team also earned the honor of the MIC team title for uneven bars, based on their national qualifying scores from the regular season.
The WCGA had 53 teams overall with a team GPA of 3.5 or more this season, an exceptional increase from 31 the year prior.
The COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short for the ISU gymnasts, but not before they put together an impressive year. The team earned accolades in team success for both athletic and academic performance.