PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 20, 2014) – Six members of the Rutgers gymnastics program earned Academic All-America Awards from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women (NACGC/W), the organization announced. Senior Alexis Gunzelman (Tabernacle, N.J.), senior Allie Ivol (Woolwich Township, N.J.), junior Luisa Leal (Cali, Colombia), freshman Charly Santagado (Celebration, Fla.), sophomore Katie Stebick (Waterford, Pa.) and senior Jenna Zito (Rockaway, N.J.) all picked up recognition for their achievement in the classroom.
“This is really the final piece to an amazing season,” head coach Louis Levine said. “These six athletes have been a part of a record-breaking team on the competition floor and have excelled in the classroom as well. I couldn’t be any prouder of their accomplishments.”
To capture NACGC/W academic distinction, gymnasts must have a year-long or cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. Gunzelman and Leal are both exercise science and sport studies majors, while Ivol and Stebick studied psychology. Santagado is a music and philosophy double major and Zito earned her master’s degree in math education.
Rutgers gymnastics rewrote the record books in 2014 with a litany of accomplishments, highlighted by the team’s appearance at NCAA Regionals. The Scarlet Knights registered six of the top 10 scores in program history, four of which were set on the road. The program-best team total came March 8 at 196.225. In addition, Gunzelman became the first all-arounder in school history to reach NCAA Nationals.