Katherine Grable of the University of Arkansas, University of Alabama's Kim Jacob, Bridget Sloan from the University of Florida and Emily Wong of the University of Nebraska are the four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for gymnastics as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a group of experts representing the United States Elite Coaches Association.
The Honda Sports award winner for gymnastics will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Grable, the 2014 Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year, captured Arkansas' first-ever national titles at the NCAA Gymnastics Championship by winning both the vault and floor exercises. The senior from Oskkosh, Wis., closed her collegiate career with the Razorback's first NCAA title on vault earning three perfect 10.0 scores, but followed with a historic win on the floor exercise with an overall 9.962 mark.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Jacob took home the highest individual honor of the NCAA Gymnastics Championship after being named the NCAA All-Around champion. The senior competed in 11 of 12 events, the most of any gymnast in the meet. She led Alabama to a fourth-place finish as the only team in the nation to finish in the top four each of the last six years.
Sloan, the 2013 Honda Award winner for gymnastics, captured the NCAA title in the uneven bars giving her her third individual title in just two years of competition. The sophomore from Pittsboro, Ind., helped lead the Gators to a first-place tie in the team competition at the NCAA Gymnastics Championship and is now the career leader in NCAA individual event titles at Florida.
Wong, the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, captured All-America honors in the floor finals finishing eighth at the NCAA Gymnastics Championship and captured sixth-place overall in the all-around. The senior from Grand Forks, N.D., capped one of the most successful senior seasons by a Nebraska gymnast after winning 32 event titles during the regular season.
The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Honda Sports award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.
Two student-athletes from the sport of gymnastics have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup, Courtney Kupets (University of Georgia) in 2009 and Missy Marlowe (University of Utah) in 1992.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.