The Utes placed eighth among all women’s gymnastics programs in team grade point average in 2017-18 with a cumulative GPA of 3.6629. The Utes, who finished fifth at the 2018 NCAA Championships, had the best team GPA of the teams that qualified to nationals.
Utah’s eighth-place finish marks a return to the gymnastics academic top 10 for the Utes, who finished in the top five from 2012-16, including a first-place finish in 2014. It is the second national academic citation for the Utes this summer. Utah was also a recipient of the NCAA Public Recognition Award for placing in the top 10 percent of all gymnastics teams in the latest Academic Progress Rate report.
“We take a great deal of pride in achieving at the highest level, not only on the competitive floor but in the classroom,” said Ute co-head coach Tom Farden. “Finishing eighth in the academic national standings shows the exceptional commitment our gymnasts make to being well-rounded student-athletes.”
Eight members of Utah’s 2018 NCAA Super Six team earned WCGA Scholastic All-America awards: Alexia Burch, Erika Muhaw, Kim Tessen, Maddy Stover, Missy Reinstadtler, MyKayla Skinner, Shannon McNatt and Sydney Soloski. The WCGA was previously known as the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women).
Alexia Burch, Shannon McNatt, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Erika Muhaw, MyKayla Skinner, Syndney Soloski
Utah gymnastics placed nine members on the 2018 Pac-12 Gymnastics All-Academic teams. First-team selections were Shannon McNatt, Maddy Stover, MyKayla Skinner. McNatt carried a 4.00 GPA in quantitative analysis of markets and organizations & business economics and analytics. Stover had a 3.85 in communication while Skinner recorded a 3.82 in communication.
Missy Reinstadtler made the second team, while Tiffani Lewis, Kim Tessen, Kari Lee, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Macey Roberts were named honorable mention.
Alexia Burch, Kari Lee, Tiffani Lewis, Shannon McNatt, Makenna Merrell-Giles, Erika Muhaw, Missy Reinstadtler, MyKayla Skinner, Sydney Soloski, Maddy Stover, Kim Tessen, Lauren Wong
The Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Academic Center, which opened in May of 2001, is a national-class academic facility.
Reserved for Utah’s varsity student-athletes, the 15,500-square foot, two-story facility is known for its aesthetics, technological offerings and academic service. The Burbidge Center features a student-athlete lounge, classroom, individual and group tutoring rooms, study table, computer lab, and offices for student-athlete support personnel.
The Burbidge Center underwent a $2.1 million expansion in the spring of 2018 that added a new 4,500-square-foot west wing. The project included vacating 850 square feet in a large meeting room that was formerly used by the athletics department staff and repurposing it for quiet study. All of the new spaces will allow for more one-on-one tutoring, group study, group instruction and collaboration, while providing more quiet study areas for the student athletes.
The renovation included a new west entrance, allowing for easy access from the Sorenson High Performance Center, and a new basement-level entrance with a lounge area that provides better access from team locker rooms, training room, fueling station, weight room, and the Jon M. Huntsman Center arena.
"Our athletics department has always been committed to providing top-level academic support services to our teams. When a gymnast comes to the University of Utah, we can guarantee her not only the best in training facilities, competition, fan support and media exposure, but also the best possible academic experience."
—Co-Head Coach Megan Marsden