San José State University women's gymnast Maddie Herr has been named to the Academic All-District VIII At-Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Herr, a senior from Lititz, Penn., is a business administration/entrepreneurship major with a 3.91 grade point average. She has received many academic honors during her Spartan career - San José State Dean's Scholar, Scholar Athlete, Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American.
Herr was the team's top all-around competitor in 2016. She was a first team All-MPSF honoree on vault and all-around and a second team honoree on floor and beam. She had a season-best 39.350 in the all-around in a March meet at Boise State with Southern Utah, tying for the eighth-best all-around score in school history. Herr also had a team-best 9.900 on bars in February, the best score for a Spartan gymnast in 2016.
Herr is just the second Spartan gymnast to receive this honor. Shanice Howard was named to the second team of the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team.
To qualify for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.30 gpa, be a starter or key reserve, participate in at least 50 percent of the team's contests, and be enrolled in a four-year institution for at least one academic year. District VIII includes student-athletes from California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Alaska, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.
Athletes selected to the At-Large team come from all sports except football, volleyball, basketball, track & field, softball, baseball and soccer. Herr is now eligible for the national ballot to determine the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team.
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