Bowling Green State University gymnasts Megan Harrington
and Alyssa Nocella
were named Academic All-MAC today, in voting by the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
"Alyssa and Megan are excellent examples of the balance required of the student and the athlete," BGSU gymnastics coach Kerrie Turner
said. "I am proud of their accomplishments in the gym and in the classroom and they truly deserve this honor. These gymnasts represent the culture of excellence instilled in BGSU Gymnastics."
Harrington is a senior who completed her eligibility in the spring with a 3.736 grade point average in communications and tourism, leisure and event planning. She was an NCAA regional qualifier in the all-around this year and earned second team All-MAC honors. Harrington was named MAC Gymnast of the Week after scoring a career-best 39.100 in the all-around at the Chicago Style Meet and placed third on the floor exercise at the MAC Championships. She was an anchor on that apparatus, recording three of the team's six highest scores this year on floor.
Nocella completed her sophomore season in the spring and holds a 3.853 grade point average in exercise science. She was also an NCAA regional qualifier in the all-around and was named first team All-MAC. She picked up MAC Gymnast of the Week honors after a the-career-best 39.150 in the all-around against Eastern Michigan, eventually posting the third-highest all-around score in program history with a 39.350 at Kent State. Nocella won an individual event title on every apparatus at least once during the season, including two all-around championships.
Along with those two, Megan Valentini
earned honorable mention status. The senior has a 3.398 grade point average in exercise science.
The Academic All-MAC honor is given to student-athletes who have excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have a least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.