Springfield, Mass. - March 28, 2019 - Springfield College's Jess Clemens (South Setauket, N.Y.) was recognized for her hard work both in the class room and in the gym as she earned National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) All-America in Academics honors following her senior season with the Pride.
The All-American in Academics Award is presented to each gymnast who maintains a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA) and who name appears on the team's NCGA squad list for the current year. Each nominee must qualify as a senior student academically and be in her last year of athletic eligibility.
Clemens, a four-time All-American who has produced a grade-point average of 3.77 in Sports Biology at Springfield College, will leave the Pride as one of the most decorated gymnasts in program history, as the senior recently earned All-America honors following a fifth-place finish in the all-around competition at the NCGA National Championships on March 23. Clemens was named the NCGA East Gymnast of the Week three times during the 2019 season, as she also 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.
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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