Senior Angela Durkac performs her routine in the unparallel bars during the meet against Eastern Michigan and Illinois State on Jan. 24 in Worthen Arena. She led the Cardinals with a 3.87 GPA and was one of 10 Ball State gymnasts named Academic All-MAC. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY
Ten Gymnasts earn Academic All-MAC honors
Ball State gymnastics led the Mid-American Conference, with 10 different athletes earning Academic All-MAC honors.
To qualify for the Academic All-MAC team, student athletes must compete in at least half of their teams' events and maintain at least a 3.20 GPA.
Six Cardinals qualified for their second consecutive Academic All-MAC team -- junior Shelby Arms, senior Angela Durkac, senior Katie Honarmand, junior Miranda Kuehl, senior Erin Patchey, and junior Jala Washington.
Ball State Academic All-MAC gymnasts
Shelby Arms, junior, Speech Pathology Audiology (3.57)
Baylee Bell, sophomore, Business (3.24)
Clare Collins, sophomore, Communications (3.30)
Jackie Duffy, sophomore, Business (3.75)
Angela Durkac, senior, Pre-Veterinary / Biology (3.87)
Katie Honarmand, senior, Pre-Physical Therapy (3.70)
Miranda Kuehl, junior, Health and Physical Education (3.60)
Erin Patchey, senior, Sports Administration (3.32)
Jordyn Penny, sophomore, Psychology (3.35)
Jala Washington, junior, Journalism (3.63)
Durkac led Ball State gymnasts with a 3.87 GPA as a biology major in the pre-veterinary program.
Four sophomores also earned Academic All-MAC honors for the first times in their careers: Baylee Bell, Clare Collins, Jackie Duffy and Jordyn Penny.
Bell and Penny will be joined by senior Denashia Christian and junior Sarah Ebeyer in Iowa City, Iowa, for the NCAA regionals. The four gymnasts will compete as individuals, with Patchey and junior Kayla Beckler traveling as alternates.