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Gymnastics Teams Rank Among Nation’s Best Academically

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 14, 2002 -- The Springfield College gymnastics teams' cumulative grade point averages were ranked among the best among the nation’s Division I, II and III programs.

The Pride men’s team earned a 3.189 g.p.a. which was sixth nationally. Four men were named College Gymnastics Association All-America Scholar Athletes by attaining at least a 3.5 grade point average and earning a minimum NCAA gymnastics score of 8.0 during the season. Sophomore Michael Smith (Salt Lake City, Utah) compiled a 3.78 g.p.a. and a high-score of 8.600 on the vault. Sophomore Joshua Chasse (Lewiston, Maine)totaled a 3.68 g.p.a. while winning the USA Gymnastics National Championship on still rings with a 9.225. Junior Mathieu Perry (Feeding Hills, Mass.) earned a 3.59 g.p.a. with an 8.350 on floor exercise. Freshman Paul Oliveri (Methuen, Mass.) totaled a 3.50 g.p.a. with a top score of 8.050 on the vault. The Pride finished its season with a fifth-place finish out of eight teams at the USA Gymnastics Championship.

The Pride women’s 3.325 g.p.a. was 21st nationally. Nine SC women were named Academic All-Americans for compiling a 3.5 g.p.a. or higher: Senior Kathleen Percheski (Marlboro, Mass.) 3.95; sophomore Andrea Babcock (Wayland, Mass.) 3.92; junior Jenna Prothers (Amherst, Mass.) 3.91; senior Holly Tolland (Wilmington, Del.) 3.89; sophomore Allison White (Shrewsbury, Mass.) 3.88; freshman Amanda Roth (Bloomfield, N.Y.) 3.62; junior Michelle Chiotakis (West Granville, Mass) 3.61; senior Gina Gutierrez (South Setauket, N.Y.) 3.61 and senior Melissa McCormack (Flemington, N.J.) 3.55. The group led Springfield to its seventh-straight National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Division III Championship, where the Pride finished sixth.

1. William & Mary 3.348
2. Stanford 3.295
3. MIT 3.288
4. California 3.233
5. Vermont 3.200
6. Springfield 3.189
7. Oklahoma 3.175
8. Penn State 3.167
9. Navy 3.076
10. Ohio State 2.977

1. Southern Utah 3.780
2. Utah 3.726
3. Alabama 3.599
4. Gustavus Adolphus 3.582
5. Eastern Michigan 3.563
6. Cornell 3.508
7. Yale 3.494
8. Stanford 3.467
9. MIT 3.463
21. Springfield 3.325
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