MICHELLE HARLEY NAMED TO VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Michelle Harley (Collegeville, Pa.), a member of the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team, was named Thursday to the women's university at-large Verizon Academic All-District First Team. Harley was one of 10 student-athletes from New England and New York to be named to the squad. It marks the second straight year that Harley was a first team selection.

Harley has collected numerous academic accolades in her three years at UNH. A mathematics major, she has been a three-time East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) All-Academic Team selection and a two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American. Harley is also a recipient of the Dean's Scholarship Award as well as the University Honors Award.

This past season, Harley became the Wildcats' first EAGL champion since 1998 when she posted a 9.875 on balance beam. The 2000 EAGL Rookie of the Year, Harley collected conference honors this season as a second team selection on vault and balance beam.

A graduate of Methacton High School, Harley also recorded two of the top five all-around scores in UNH history in 2002 as the Wildcats advanced to NCAA regional competition for the 21st-consecutive year. Against Penn State on Feb. 9, Harley's score of 39.275 in all four events was good for third on the New Hampshire all-time list. She followed that up with a 39.225 one week later against Alaska, the fifth-highest score in Wildcat history.

Harley is now eligible to be named to the Verizon Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team. The at-large category encompasses the sports of gymnastics, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.

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