Austin, Texas - June 19, 2019 - Honored for her dedication to both academics and athletics throughout the 2018-19 season, senior Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) of the Springfield College women's gymnastics team was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Dating back to 1971, Clemens becomes the 43rd Springfield College student-athlete to earn Academic All-America® honors following the 2019 season, and is the first-ever student-athlete to be recognized from the women's gymnastics program on Alden Street. Clemens also becomes the fourth Springfield College student-athlete to be recognized during the 2018-19 academic year, as she joins Brad Deckel from the men's soccer team, as well as John Cox and Andrew Papirio from the football team.
A recent graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Biology, Clemens was named to the Third Team, and was just one of two women's gymnasts from Division III to earn the distinctive honor.
Clemens, who finished her career with a grade-point average of 3.77, capped off an incredible four years at Springfield College with an all-america honor in the all-around competition at the 2019 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championships this past March. Clemens, who was also named an All-American in Academics following the 2019 season, was named the NCGA East Gymnast of the Week three times, and broke the team's all-around record with a 38.750 against Rhode Island College on March 3. Clemens also broke the uneven bars record with a 9.800 at Yale earlier this season, and tied the beam program record with a 9.775, also against Rhode Island College on March 3.
On top of the record-breaking performances, Clemens helped the Pride establish a new team scoring record (190.725), balance beam (48.350) and floor exercise (48.600) records.
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