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Lyngaas earns Scholastic All-America Award

Fourteen members of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse gymnastics squad, including Molly Lyngaas of Detroit Lakes, earned the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) Scholastic All-America Award for the 2017-18 academic year, the organization announced Monday.

Seniors Amy Enright (microbiology major), Monique Muehlethaler (therapeutic recreation), Samantha Wiekamp (marketing and psychology) and Lauren Wilson (recreation management); juniors Gabby Aguilar (communications), Dani Barmore (physics and engineering) and Emiko Wilks (English and political science); sophomores Jessica Ahrens (exercise sport science pre-professional track) and Brittany Gutzkow (education); and freshmen Ellie Beckman (economics), Jenna Danninger (biology), Breghan Kiloran (undecided); Molly Lyngaas (exercise sport science pre-professional track) and Faith Sersland (elementary education) earned the 2017-18 WCGA Scholastic All-America Award.


Meeting the required 3.50 grade point average or better required, 760 (55.0%) student-athletes earned Scholastic All-America honors.  The percentage of women's collegiate gymnasts honored last year was 47.8%, and the previous high was set in 2015-16 with 49.0% of student-athletes earning a 3.50 or better grade point average.  GK Elite Sportswear, a WCGA sponsor, provides a certificate to each Scholastic All-America honoree and her coach.

The WCGA is the advocate for women's collegiate gymnastics.  Until this month, the coaches' association was known as the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women.

UWL ranked 14th overall in the 2017-18 WCGA Academic Team Standings.  The Eagles compiled a 3.6357 grade point average, ranking second in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III.  Boise State University (Idaho) ranked first overall with a 3.8060 grade point average while Western Michigan University was second at 3.7930 and Texas Woman's University third with 3.7782.  A total of 76 teams were in the academic rankings.

UWL placed second at the 2018 NCGA Championships, its 25th top-two finish in 35 national meets.  The Eagles have won the team title an NCGA record 17 times (1986, 1988, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016).   UWL earned six NCGA All-America honors at this year's national championships, including Barmore (vault) and Sam Weyker (balance beam) who captured NCGA titles.

The Eagles captured the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) title, their league-record 24th championship in school history and marked the 29th consecutive season UWL placed first or second at the conference championships.  UWL earned 11 All-WIAC awards at this year's championships.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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