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Three Utes Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Deena Lofgren

Three University of Utah athletes were named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans: senior gymnasts Breanna Hughes, who was also the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year in gymnastics, and Kailah Delaney and sophomore skier Endre Bjertness. All three were All-Americans in their sport as well as in the classroom, showing the commitment that Utah athletes make both to their sport and to their education.

Below is the official press release from the University of Utah.

AUSTIN, Texas—Two Utah gymnasts and a Ute skier were named today to the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team. Senior gymnast Breanna Hughes earned first-team honors, while teammate and classmate Kailah Delaney made the second team along with sophomore skier Endre Bjertness. The at-large Academic All-America team encompasses 16 NCAA sports. The Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hughes, a five-time All-American with a 3.965 cumulative GPA, was the 2016 Pac-12 all-around and vault champion, the 2016 NCAA Regional all-around champion and the 2016 Pac-12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She has completed requirements for a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. Hughes will complete a second bachelor's degree in health, society and policy in the spring of 2017.

Delaney, a three-time All-American, the 2016 NCAA Regional vault champion and the only four-time All-Pac-12 vaulter in Utah history, carries a 3.877 cumulative GPA. She has made the Pac-12 All-Academic team three times and has a bachelor's degree in health, society and policy.

Bjertness was the 2016 NCAA giant slalom champion and also earned All-America honors in the slalom with a 10th-place finish. He is a three-time All-American, including a sixth-place finish in the GS at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Bjertness boasts a 3.77 cumulative GPA in civil engineering.