celebrate 2004's accomplishments
-- The University of Arkansas and co-head coaches Mark and Rene Cook celebrated
the accomplishments of the 2004 gymnastics team at an annual banquet Thursday.
The banquet, held at Ella's Restaurant at
Carnal Hall on campus, recognized several individual and team honors this
Sophomore Dana McQuillin earned both the Most
Outstanding Gymnast and Coaches Awards.
"Dana had a remarkable season," said Rene
Cook. "She competed 48 routines and hit 47 of them which is an amazing
feat. The Coaches Award is an award that recognized daily attitudes, work
ethic, commitment and excellence. Dana is a complete team player, works
tremendously hard and cares for her sport and teammates. We are proud
of how she represents the program."
Three Gym'Backs were honored for their continued
improvement over the 2004 season. Sophomores Audra Loveless and Melissa
Leigh and freshman Cassie Drew. Sophomore Valerie Conroy earned the team's
Scholastic Award with the top grade point average.
"The entire team improved this season," said
Rene Cook. "However, these individuals stand out this year. Audra learned
several new and difficult skills this year that enabled her to be one
of our best vaulters and floor workers. Melissa not only improved dramatically
in the gym, learning new skills on several events, her improvement in
the classroom has been most impressive. Cassie contributed on all levels
as well this year and improved her performance every time she entered
Also recognized the individual record-holders
including freshman Kathy Thompson on vault with a 9.90; sophomore Katie
Hardman on beam with a 9.95; freshman Rachel Barnett on floor with a 9.95;
and McQuillin for the all-around with a 39.50.
The Lady Razorbacks finished the 2004 season
reaching the NCAA Regional in just their second season of existence. Arkansas
finished its second consecutive season ranked fourth in the nation in
attendance and the Gym'Backs ended 2004 ranked No. 20 in the coaches poll.
For more information about Arkansas gymnastics
log on to www.ladybacks.com.