April 3, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
Seven Baylor acrobatics and tumbling student-athletes were named to the second-annual Academic All-Big 12 Conference At-Large Team, as announced by the league office Tuesday.
Nicole Allison, Hailey Cowan, Ginger Plemmons, Kristie Serrano, Crysten Timbes and Lori Williamson made the first team, while Courtney Shaw earned second-team honors.
"I'm so excited," head coach LaPrise Harris Williams said. "Our team goal was to improve mentally, physically and spiritually this season, and I think we've accomplished that."
Allison, the Bears' lone senior and a general studies major from Cedar Park, Texas, participated in all nine of Baylor's meets last season and has competed in two meets as a senior.
"Nicole has been a great leader this season," Harris-Williams said. "She's succeeded both in competition and in the classroom."
Cowan, a sophomore back spot, is a journalism major from Hewitt, Texas. She has competed in all 13 meets since the Bears' began competition last season.
"Hailey always pushes for more. She's very well-rounded. She strives for excellence and always looks for ways to improve," Harris-Williams said.
Plemmons is a sophomore flyer from China Springs, Texas. She is majoring in speech pathology and has competed in all 13 meets in her time with the Bears.
"Ginger cares a lot about school and is always studying to make sure she gets good grades," Harris-Williams said. "She's able to compete well and succeed in the classroom."
Serrano, a sophomore flyer, is a business major from Sanger, Texas. She has also never missed a meet in her two years on the Baylor team.
"Kristie has also been a strong leader this season," Harris-Williams said. "She's competed very well in competitions."
Timbes is a sophomore base and a business major from Forney, Texas. She's competed in all 13 meets since joining the Bears for their inaugural season in 2011.
"Crysten is a joy to be around," Harris-Williams said. "She has so much energy and has excelled in competitions and in the classroom."
Williamson is a sophomore health science studies major from Duncanville, Texas. She's a base who has never missed a meet in her two seasons with the Bears.
"Lori has also shown great academic success," Harris-Williams said. "She's balanced school and competing well."
Shaw, a sophomore base was named to the second team. She is a health science studies major from Garland, Texas.
The 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Conference At-Large Team consists of nine student-athletes with seven first-team honorees and two second-team honorees. First-team members have recorded GPAs of 3.20 or better, while second-team members have posted GPAs between 3.00 and 3.19.
Baylor had three members named to the inaugural at-large team in 2011. Madeline Felio earned first-team honors, and Taylor Bettis and DeLainey McDermott were second-team selections.
To qualify for the Academic All-Big 12 Conference At-Large Team, student-athletes must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled competitions. The at-large team was developed to recognize student-athletes at Big 12 Conference institutions that participate in sports outside of the Big 12 competition, including acrobatics & tumbling at Baylor and men's gymnastics at Oklahoma.
Baylor acrobatics & tumbling will compete for the final time in 2012 when it hosts the NCATA National Championships, which are scheduled for April 26-28 at the Ferrell Center.