TOWSON, Md.-- Eight University of New Hampshire gymnasts were named to the 2004 East Atlantic Gymnastics League All-Academic Team. EAGL released its annual list of the league's most scholarly gymnasts Thursday afternoon. Among the Wildcat gymnasts was senior Crystal Beak (DeWitt, N.Y.), who was among 10 gymnasts honored for their fourth time.

In order to be named to the EAGL All-Academic team, student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in the two previous semesters. UNH had eight of the EAGL's 88 gymnasts who fulfilled such criteria.

Beak, majoring Exercise Science, is the only UNH gymnast to have received the honor for all four years of competition. Senior co-captain Jen Dickson (Salisbury, Md.) was named to the list for her third time, majoring in nutritional sciences.

The Wildcats also had four gymnasts who were honored for a second time by EAGL. Junior Lindsay Berrios (Long Pond, Pa.) and Senior Mellory Giberson (Bingham, Maine) received the honors for their work in exercise science, while junior Vanessa James (Malden, Mass.) was named to the list for her achievements in the family studies major. Sophomore Amanda Hall (Bremerton, Wash.) was recognized for both years of competition, and is currently undeclared.

Senior co-captain Brie McNamara (Haymarket, Va.) received her first EAGL All-Academic selection this year as a sports studies major, while freshman Heather Moore (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) was honored in her first year of competition for her academic achievement in pre-veterinary medicine.

The total 88 honorees matched the highest total in the nine-year history of the EAGL. In both 1999 and 2000, a record 88 gymnasts were also honored.

The Wildcats return to action in their final regular-season meet of the year on March 14 at North Carolina State at 2 p.m. The EAGL Championships will take place on March 20 at Pittsburgh at 6 p.m.

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