June 15, 2006
Auburn, AL -
Auburn gymnast Nicole Barnett and swimmer Kara Denby were honored by CoSIDA on Thursday by being named Academic All-American. Denby was selected to the first team and Barnett to the second team.
Denby, a junior (academically) from Simi Valley, Calif., holds a 4.00 GPA in zoology. She earned five All-America honors as part of the 2006 NCAA Champion team and holds 11 honors to date. At this years NCAA Championship, she turned in three season high splits swimming on the 200 and 400 freestyle relay's (both finished third) and the 200 medley relay (finished fifth).
A two-time CSCAA Academic All-American, she was awarded the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) "Outstanding Sophomore" award and been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Denby is a member of four Auburn honor societies including the National College Athlete Honor Society.
Barnett, a native of Chatsworth, Ga., sports a 4.00 GPA in biomedical sciences. During the 2006 season, Barnett competed in all 14 meets for the Tigers on either beam or floor or in both events. Barnett's combined success in competition and in the classroom helped her become the first Auburn gymnast to be named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
In competition, Barnett had an average floor score of 9.752, which ranked second on the team in 2006. Barnett also posted four top-five finishes on floor and one on beam. She was also selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year.
Barnett and Denby were both eligible for All-America honors after being named to the first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Team on June 15.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program honors 816 student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 on a score of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1995, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.