Gymnast Leach Navigates Way To Bachelor's Degree

According to an item in the 2008 San Jose State University women’s gymnastics media guide, Greta Leach listed her best non-athletic talent as navigating.

Throughout her five years as an undergrad, the four-time San Jose State Scholar-Athlete navigated academic and athletic courses successfully. Besides earning academic recognition from the university, she was a 2007 Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honoree.

In competition, she owns one of the best all-around marks by a Spartan gymnast, 39.175, set her freshman year. Her first two seasons, she qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships in the all-around and finished in the top-25 each time.

Injuries limited her participation on the gymnastics team the last three years, but she still navigated her way through her academic major, business administration with a concentration in management, and earned her bachelor’s degree this year. Above average in many ways, Leach completed her degree requires faster than the typical San Jose State University student who needs 5.5 years to graduate.

“I didn’t have a set goal (as far as how long it took to graduate). I wanted to enjoy college time and I did that,” said the Santa Rosa, Calif., resident as she waited in the processional line at the University’s Commencement ceremony in Spartan Stadium.

The Santa Rosa, Calif., resident who competed for Rohnert Park Gymnastics prior to joining the Spartans is leaning towards coaching gymnastics, but is open to navigating an entirely different course.

An all-around competitor in her sport and an all-around top-notch student-athlete, Greta Leach is on her way to an all-around success as a San Jose State University graduate.