Willis Receives Academic All-District Honors

Lisa Willis was named Academic All-District VIII by CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU gymnast Lisa Willis was named to the 2007 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII Second Team.

Willis is just one of 22 athletes from District VIII states to receive this honor. States in the district include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'I, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, along with the province of British Columbia, Canada. The 22 athletes honored come from a number of sports, including golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, fencing, rifle shooting, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

Currently in graduate school for mass communications, Willis has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.89, both as an undergraduate in fitness and wellness management and through one year of graduate school. She has also been a three-time NACGC (National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches) scholar athlete and Cougar Club scholar athlete recipient.

Willis finished her BYU career with the fifth-highest floor score in school history while helping lead the team to the NCAA Regionals in each of her four seasons competing. Willis was a team captain for the 2005 Cougars that advanced to the NCAA Nationals and finished with a No. 11 national ranking. During her standout career, Willis posted career highs of 9.850 on bars, 9.875 on beam and 9.950 on floor. This past season she recorded a career-best 9.875 on beam and a 9.925 on floor to help lead the Cougars to their eighth-straight Regionals appearance.

This honor is the second such recognition for a BYU gymnast in the last three years. Former gymnast Marie-Helene Claveau received first-team honors in 2005.

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