ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Gymnastics Honors

Among The Nation's Best

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.”

Scholastic All-Americans

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).

Dean's List (minimum 3.5 GPA with 12 graded hours):

Alexia Burch, Shannon McNatt, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Erika Muhaw, MyKayla Skinner, Syndney Soloski

Pac-12 All-Academic

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.

Athletic Director's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA):

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

Burbidge Center

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.

Student-Athlete Programs

"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

Academic Support

  • Student-Athletes receive priority registration.
  • Laptops are provided to all student-athletes.
  • Evaluations are done on each student-athlete to ensure they receive the proper level of academic support. They are then placed into one of three areas.
    • Learning Specialist Support: One-on-one academic support of 2-6+ hours/week
    • Advisor/Intern Support: Weekly check-in of 30 minutes
    • Independent: No support required, but they are welcome to use tutors.
  • Tutors are provided for all classes offered at the U. and are offered on individual, group or drop-in basis.
  • Academic advisors may travel with the team to away events and test may be proctored while away from campus.
  • Summer “Bridge” program for entering freshmen.
  • Fifth-year and summer school scholarships are provided.

Personal Development Opportunities

  • Crimson Council (SAAC) – Student-led leadership group.
  • Community Service – Partnerships include Bennion Center and local elementary schools (Whittier Elementary for 18-19).
  • Career Development
    • Ute Café – Over 20 workshops are offered, ranging from career development to psychology/wellness to academics. Teams can “order” items off the menu, and the academics staff will bring the workshops to any location.
    • Career & Life Planning course is offered to student-athletes in their senior/fifth year to prepare them for life after graduation.
    • Athletics partners with the Career and Professional Development Center on campus for its career development program. An annual Network Night for all student-athletes is hosted each spring at the Eccles Football Facility. An online platform providing a career marketplace and mentoring opportunities with employers is in development.
  • Leadership Conferences – Available to student-athletes through Pac-12 SAAC and SALT, and NCAA Leadership Conferences
  • Wellness Ambassadors – Student-led group, supervised by Director of Psychology and Wellness Jonathan Ravarino, promotes health and wellness for our student-athletes.
  • U.T.E.S. – Program dealing with social justice issues launches in the spring semester of 2019 supervised by Academic Advisor Kyndal Pond, a former All-American gymnast at Utah.