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Four Pioneers Earn Big 12 Academic Honors

March 13, 2018

DENVER – Four University of Denver gymnasts were named to the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Team, the Big 12 Conference announced on Tuesday.

DU’s four honorees all earned first-team nods:
Senior Nikole Addison (Fort Myers, Fla.) — Psychology major
Sophomore Maddie Karr (Stillwater, Minn.) — Business Analytics major
Junior Claire Kern (Charlotte, N.C.) — Hospitality Management major
Senior Leah Lomonte (Katy, Texas) — MA in Sport & Performance Psychology

For the second consecutive year, Lomonte earned recognition as one of six student-athletes holding a 4.00 GPA. In 2017, the fifth-year senior was also named the Big 12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Addison, Kern and Lomonte each earned academic honors from the Big 12 last year. This is Karr’s first conference academic honor.

The Academic All-Big 12 Team recognizes student-athletes who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.00 either cumulative or over the previous two semesters while participating in at least 20 percent of the team’s competitions. First team members hold GPAs of at least 3.20 while second team members have GPAs between 3.00-3.19.

Freshmen and transfer students are not eligible. Seniors who have participated for at least two years and meet all criteria except the percent of participation are also eligible.

No. 15 DU competes for the final time in the regular season on Friday, March 16, with a trip to No. 11 Arkansas with fellow Big 12 Conference team Iowa State. Denver will compete at the 2018 Big 12 Championships hosted by Iowa State on Saturday, March 24.

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