Christa Booman
Christa Booman
Christa Booman of rural Spring Grove earned All-America gymnastics honors by placing fifth in the all-around competition at the Division III national championships on March 23 at Whitewater, Wis.

The graduate of Houston High School helped the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse finish as national runner-up in the team race at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships.

To qualify for all-around honors, a gymnast must compete in all four of the individual events - balance beam, vault, uneven parallel bars and floor exercise. She soared in the all-around standings by tying for first place on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.600.

Booman had won the all-around championship at the March 9 West Regional with a total score of 38.000 before placing fifth at the national meet with a 37.500.

All-American status is earned by placing among the national top 10 in either of the four events or all-around. It is Booman's sixth career All-American award having earned five All-American honors in 2011 when she was the all-around champion.

Booman is a junior majoring in recreation management.

It was the second consecutive national crown for this year's host UW-Whitewater (189.750). A season-high team vault score highlighted the second-place finish for UW-L (186.575). It makes 16 straight seasons that the Eagles have placed among the top three under coach Barb Gibson.

Cortland State (NY) was third with Brockport State (NY) fourth, UW-Eau Claire fifth and Ursinas College (Pa) sixth.