Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Minnesota came in at 31st in the nation with a team GPA of 3.3283.
List of student-athletes with a 3.7 or better GPA grows by 26 percent
Dusti Russell was tagged as the team's Most Valuable Performer for the 2012 season.
Served as the 2012 Team Captain was a balance beam and floor exercise specialist notched a career-high floor routine of 9.800 against Michigan (1/21) tallied a personal-best beam score of 9.775 at Best of Minnesota (2/11) scored a 9.700 or better in all meets but one received her fourth letter.
Did not see action during the 2011 season.
Competed on beam and floor in the first half of the season Was inserted into the beam lineup in place of Kristin Furukawa at the NCAA Regional Earned her best beam score, a 9.725 at Iowa Had her best floor performance against Michigan State, earning a 9.725 Has been an exhibition performer on beam and floor when not in the competition line up A letterwinner Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Did not compete in 2009 Was an exhibition performer on floor in the season opener was a regular exhibition performer on beam.
Trained under coaches James and J.J. Bayer at the Red River Valley Gymnastics Club In 2008, she just missed qualifying for the J.O. National Championship, and was the first alternate for the national meet Qualified for the 2007 J.O. Level 10 National Championship Finished in third place in the all around at the North Dakota State Championship in both 2007 and 2008 Was the North Dakota High School state champion on beam and in the all around in 2006 Her high school team won three state titles during her tenure.
A 2008 graduate of Red River High School in Grand Forks, N.D., where she was at the top of her class Had a perfect 4.0 grade point average in high school, was a National Honor Society Member, was the Renaissance Committee Vice President, was a Rotary Student of the Month, and earned the Renaissance Personal Best Award Daughter of Mike and Kathy Jones.
Freshman Spotlight: Ona Loper
Loper is a four-time Junior Olympic qualifier. At the 2017 Junior Olympic Championships she won the national championship on floor and finished fifth place in the all-around.
2017 By The Numbers
Take a look back at highlights from Minnesota Women's Gymnastics 2017 season by the numbers.
Incoming Gophers Win JO National Titles
Lexy Ramler (St. Michael, Minn.) and Ona Loper (Bluffton, S.C.) each won a national title at the 2017 Women's Junior Olympic National Championships.