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Stacy Sprando And Natalie Foley Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/31/2005

March 31, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Junior Natalie Foley and sophomore Stacy Sprando earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades as announced by the conference office on Thursday. Foley, who was named to the All-Pac-10 team on Wednesday, received Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the second straight season after earning honorable mention recognition following her sophomore year. Sprando received Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the first time.

After battling early season injuries, Foley has returned to her role as Stanford's top all-around performer in recent weeks. The Englewood, CO native has competed in the all-around in each of the Cardinal's last seven meets, posting a personal season-high score of 39.250 at the Utah Quad on March 4th. Foley is currently ranked No. 47 in the nation with a 39.055 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) in the all-around. The junior became the first Stanford gymnast to win the all-around title at the Pac-10 Championship, achieving the feat last season.

Sprando has competed in every meet for the Cardinal this season, contributing mostly on the uneven bars and balance beam. Sprando recorded a personal season-high on bars against Arizona State on February 25th, scoring a 9.800 to lead the Cardinal to a dual meet win. The sophomore produced a pair of solid performances at the Pac-10 Championship last week, scoring a 9.700 on bars and a 9.650 on beam as Stanford captured fourth place. Sprando performed in the floor exercise for the first time in her collegiate career in the season-opener at Washington, scoring a 9.525.

The Cardinal will travel to Seattle next weekend to compete at the NCAA West Regional. The field in Seattle will include Pac-10 rivals UCLA and Washington, as well as Central Michigan, Penn State, and Boise State.

Following are the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Gymnastics All-Academic teams, announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

First Team
My-Lan Dodd, California Sr 3.74 Developmental Studies & Sociology
Kari Muth, ASU Sr 3.94 Finance
Lindsay Nelson, OSU Sr 3.73 Exercise and Sport Science
Kate Richardson, UCLA Jr 3.78 Physical Science
Molly Seaman, Washington Sr 3.80 Zoology
Christie Tedmon, UCLA Sr 3.72 Psychology

Second Team
Donna Chance, ASU So 3.83 Psychology
Keegan Fitzgerald, OSU RFr 3.98 Exercise and Sport Science
Katie Johnson, Arizona Sr 3.45 Marketing
Tacia LaBatte, Washington Sr 3.65 Communications/Dance
Chrissy Lamun, OSU Jr 3.77 General Science
Kim Lewis, Washington Sr 3.60 Psychology

Honorable Mention: April Boone, ASU; Stevie Fanning, Arizona; Natalie Foley, Stanford; Heidi Goehring, OSU; Jamie Holton, Arizona; Heather Justus, OSU; Kristen Maloney, UCLA; Kelly McDonald, Washington; Ashley Peckett, UCLA; Christa Piazza, OSU; Jamie Schell, Arizona; Kim Sedlak, OSU; Lauren Shipp, California; Stacy Sprando, Stanford; Aubrey Tayor, Arizona; Therese Videan, OSU; Nicole Waiss, Washington;.


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