Shannon McNatt was named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Women’s At-Large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). McNatt was named to the third team.
McNatt’s selection marks the 15th time a Utah gymnast was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America teams and the first since 2016 when Breanna Hughes made the first team and Kailah Delaney was named to the second team. She joins former Ute third-team selections Melissa Vituj (2004) and Hailee Hansen (2013-14).
The Houston native won an NCAA Elite 90 award at the 2019 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, recognizing her as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site at an NCAA Championship. McNatt had a 3.99 cumulative GPA with a double major in quantitative analysis of markets and organizations (QAMO) and economics.
Ten Ute gymnasts were named 2019 Scholastic All-Americans for their achievements in the classroom.
All four seniors earned Scholastic All-America honors, led by Shannon McNatt, who rounded out her career as a four-time selection by the WCGA. The other seniors selected were Kari Lee, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, and Macey Roberts.
Missy Reinstadtler and MyKayla Skinner became three-time WCGA Scholastic All-Americans following their junior seasons, while Sydney Soloski notched her second straight selection. Reinstadtler, Skinner, and Soloski have earned the honor every year since arriving on campus. Making the WCGA academic team as freshmen were Hunter Dula, Cristal Isa and Adrienne Randall.
Utah ranked 25th in the nation with an average team GPA of 3.5853. To earn WCGA Scholastic All-American honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.5 overall grade point average or a 3.5 grade point average for 2018-19.
Alexia Burch, Hunter Dula, Cristal Isa, Kari Lee, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Adrienne Randall, Missy Reinstadtler, Macey Roberts, Sabrina Schwab, Sydney Soloski
Alexia Burch, Hunter Dula, Cammy Hall, Cristal Isa, Kari Lee, Shannon McNatt, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Adrienne Randall, Missy Reinstadtler, Macey Roberts, Sabrian Schwab, MyKayla Skinner, Sydney Soloski, Kim Tessen, Lauren Wong
Utah gymnastics placed nine members on the 2019 Pac-12 Gymnastics All-Academic teams. Shannon McNatt (3.99 GPA, quantitative analysis of markets and organizations and economics) was a first team selection. Making the second team were: Missy Reinstadtler (3.79 GPA, biology) and MyKayla Skinner (3.78 GPA, communications). Honorable mention went to: Aleixa Burch, Kari Lee, MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Macey Roberts, Sydney Soloski, Kim Tessen.
The Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Academic Center, which opened in May of 2001, is a national-class academic facility.
Reserved for Utah’s varsity student-athletes, the 15,500-square foot, two-story facility is known for its aesthetics, technological offerings and academic service. The Burbidge Center features a student-athlete lounge, classroom, individual and group tutoring rooms, study table, computer lab, and offices for student-athlete support personnel.
The Burbidge Center underwent a $2.1 million expansion in the spring of 2018 that added a new 4,500-square-foot west wing. The project included vacating 850 square feet in a large meeting room that was formerly used by the athletics department staff and repurposing it for quiet study. All of the new spaces will allow for more one-on-one tutoring, group study, group instruction and collaboration, while providing more quiet study areas for the student athletes.
The renovation included a new west entrance, allowing for easy access from the Sorenson High Performance Center, and a new basement-level entrance with a lounge area that provides better access from team locker rooms, training room, fueling station, weight room, and the Jon M. Huntsman Center arena.
"Our athletics department has always been committed to providing top-level academic support services to our teams. When a gymnast comes to the University of Utah, we can guarantee her not only the best in training facilities, competition, fan support and media exposure, but also the best possible academic experience."
—Head Coach Tom Farden
In September 2019, Utah Athletics launched a new initiative designed to develop well-rounded and successful student-athletes, The Ute Academy.
"We are excited to bring our personal, career, community service and leadership initiatives into one structured program," Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director Nona Richardson said. "Through a holistic approach, this program is committed to developing and supporting our student-athletes to become academic scholars, elite competitors, campus leaders and proud members of society."
The Ute Academy aims to enhance the development of student-athletes through community service, leadership, professional advancement and personal well-being. The goal is to assist in the growth of each student-athlete, as they navigate the transition from a student and an athlete, to a contributing member of society.
"I want to thank our staff, coaches and students for making this a priority," said Director of Athletics Mark Harlan. "They have worked hard and been very thoughtful in developing a comprehensive program of which we are extremely proud."
Student-athletes have the opportunity to participate in two different tracks – red and white – under the umbrella of The Ute Academy. Both tracks focus on the four key pillars: community service, leadership, professional and personal development.
The annual Network Night is an event that connects student-athletes with local and national employers across all industries. This event is a great opportunity for current student-athletes to connect and network with employers and alumni across the community.
The institution has collaborated with InXUtes, an online platform that provides career and mentor opportunities for current and former student-athletes.
"We are so excited to partner with InXUtes to enhance our new student-athlete development program," said Ashley Lear, Director of Personal Development & Student Services, at the University of Utah. "Their platform will enable our students to connect and network with employers, both locally and nationally, and facilitate engagement between our current and former student-athletes."
The Ute Café provides student-athletes the opportunity to "order" team or individual workshops across all topics, from resume prep to budgeting, within the area of professional development.
Student-athletes will have the opportunity to participate in an Athletics Leadership Themed Community, which is a first-year housing community that focuses on Athletic Leadership through diverse programming, as well as Crimson Council, which is a leadership group focusing on campus and community engagement and community service.
Student-athletes also can take EDPS 2600 – Strategies for College Success – in the summer prior to their first year at Utah. This course is designed to expose student-athletes to the various levels of support and resources on campus, including library assistance, study skills, media training, nutrition and mental health.
Student-athletes can participate in the Wellness Ambassadors Group, which focuses on overall wellness and mental health, and the UTES Group (Utes Talking Equality and Social Justice), which focuses on social justice issues and change.
Utah has partnered with Backman Elementary for the 2019-20 academic year to provide opportunities for student-athletes to engage, teach and be role models for local elementary school students. Utah student-athletes will also participate in Backman's Family Night.
The annual Trunk-or-Treat is an opportunity for our student-athletes to engage with the community, as they dress up and hand out candy to local children prior to a women's soccer game. The annual Holiday Dinner for student-athletes doubles as a canned food drive. Utah also participates in the Pac-12's Zero Waste Game at a home football contest each fall.