Gymnasts Kramer and Zondervan Earn Academic All-American Status
The selection of Kramer and Zondervan gives Western Michigan four total Academic All-Americans for the 2011-12 school year, as senior football player John Potter and junior women's soccer player Anina Cicerone earned first team honors at the conclusion of their respective sports seasons. It is the most Academic All-Americans for WMU since 1994-95.Both Kramer and Zondervan exemplified the meaning of student-athlete. Kramer graduated with a 4.0 in biology and is headed to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee in the fall. She competed in every meet on balance beam and floor exercise, setting career highs in both and scored a 9.725 on floor at the MAC Championships.
Zondervan was a team MVP this past year and has carried a 4.0 while at WMU, and is near completion of her degree in exercise science. Zondervan qualified as an all-arounder at the NCAA regionals and reached the podium at the MAC Championships, tying for third in the floor exercise with a career-best 9.875. She also added a top-10 finish on the uneven bars at the conference championships.
Prior to earning Academic All-American status, the two had to qualify as First Team Academic All-District to advance to the national ballot. The pair was also honored by the Mid-American Conference as Academic First Team members.
The Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
Only one other female at-large student-athlete from a MAC institution, Jennifer Beatty a swimmer from Bowling Green, earned Academic All-American honors.