It's always awesome to see news of Utah's student-athletes doing so well in the classroom, as we've seen plenty of over the last couple of weeks. More news came out yesterday that some gymnasts are getting some love by being named to the Academic All-District First Team. Breanna Hughes and Kailah Delaney were both named to that team, and have continued the great story of Utah athletes, especially gymnasts, excelling in the classroom. In the era of conference alignment, TV dollars, athletes being paid improperly, and a litany of other scandals, it's a breath of fresh air to hear about kids doing it the right way.
Here's the official release from the AD on these two young ladies with some more details:
SALT LAKE CITY—Utah gymnasts Breanna Hughes and Kailah Delaney have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 At-Large first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. They are now placed on the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, which will be announced on June 9. Hughes and Delaney were two of just 10 first-team all-District 8 selections for the women’s at-large category, which encompasses representatives from eight states and 15 NCAA sports (beach volleyball, bowling, crew/rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball and water polo). Hughes, a five-time All-American, the 2016 Pac-12 all-around and vault champion and the NCAA Regional all-around champion, was named the Pac-12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hughes carries a 3.965 cumulative GPA with a double major in human development & family studies and health, society & policy. She has completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree in the former and will take nursing prerequisites next year and graduate with her second bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2017. Delaney is a three-time All-American, a 2016 NCAA Regional vault champion and the only four-time All-Pac-12 vaulter in Utah history. She has made the Pac-12 All-Academic team all three years she was eligible (freshmen are not eligible). Delaney has a 3.877 cumulative GPA and a bachelor’s degree in health, society and policy.