Twelve Gymnasts Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll

by Brandon Berrio | Assoc. Director of Creative and Digital Content
Twelve Gymnasts Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Eleven members of the LSU Gymnastics team earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Wednesday.

Rebecca D’Antonio, Bridget Dean, Christina Desiderio, Sami Durante, Sarah Edwards, Olivia Gunter, Kiya Johnson Lexi Nibbs, Maddie Rau, Kamryn Ryan, Alyona Shchennikova and Caitlin Smith

The Tigers finished the 2021 season ranked sixth nationally last weekend in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 2020-21 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll includes the sports of basketball, equestrian, gymnastics and swimming & diving. It is based on grades from the 2020 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. The following criteria will be followed: (1) A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution. (2) If a student-athlete attends summer school, his/her grade point average during the summer academic term must be included in the calculation used to determine eligibility for the Academic Honor Roll. (3) Student-athletes eligible for the Honor Roll include those receiving an athletics scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons. (4) Prior to being nominated, a student-athlete must have successfully completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution. (5) The student-athlete must have been a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

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Members of the 2020-21 Winter Academic Honor Roll
Student-Athlete, Major

Rebecca D’Antonio, Computer Science
Bridget Dean, Sport Administration
Christina Desiderio, Sport Administration
Sami Durante, Sport Administration
Sarah Edwards, Environmental Engineering
Olivia Gunter, Mass Communications
Kiya Johnson, Interdisciplinary Studies
Lexi Nibbs, Interdisciplinary Studies
Maddie Rau, Interdisciplinary Studies
Kamryn Ryan, Kinesiology
Alyona Shchennikova, Interdisciplinary Studies
Caitlin Smith, Mass Communications