EAST LANSING, Mich. — Eight members of the 2018 Michigan State gymnastics team have been named Scholar All-Americans by the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA).

Ashley BeattyGabriella DouglasAnna GameloJessica LingLea MitchellMadison McHale, Molly Hoerner O’Malley and Victoria Huehn were all recognized for having a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the 2017-18 academic year.

Meeting the required 3.5 grade-point average (GPA) or better required, 760 (55%) student-athletes earned Scholastic All-America honors. The percentage of women’s collegiate gymnasts honored last year was 47.83%, and the previous high was set in 2015-16 with 49% of student-athletes earning a 3.5 or better GPA.

Gamelo, Hoerner O’Malley, Ling and Mitchell were four of the WCGA’s record number of student-athletes – 118 (8.54%) – who earned a 4.0 GPA this year. This number has steadily risen since 2008 with 101 (7.68%) reaching academic perfection last year and 97 (7.52%) in 2015-16.

A senior experience architecture major from Toronto, Ontario, Gamelo led MSU with a 4.00 GPA. In addition to being a two-time WCGA Scholar All-American, Gamelo also earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten accolades.

A junior from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Hoerner O’Malley is an advertising management major and had a 4.00 GPA. Hoerner-O’Malley was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

A native of Walled Lake, Michigan, Ling is a junior majoring in kinesiology and also had a 4.00 GPA. Along with being a two-time WCGA Scholar All-American for the second year in a row, Ling also earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honors. Academic All-Big Ten recognition this season.

A freshman from Boynton Beach, Florida, Mitchell is majoring in journalism and also had a 4.00 GPA.

Beatty, a freshman undeclared major from Macomb Township, Michigan, had a 3.75 GPA.

Douglas is a native of Mississauga, Ontario and is majoring in kinesiology, with a 3.88 GPA. She garnered Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honors.

McHale is a freshman undeclared major from Naperville, Illinois, and has a 3.42 GPA majoring in hospitality business.

Huehn is a senior English major from Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a 3.65 GPA. She also earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten accolades.

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.

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