Gnat Named Nominee for Honda Sports Award
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BATON ROUGE – Senior Ashleigh Gnat, a 17-time All-American, four-time Southeastern Conference champion and 2017 NCAA floor champion, has been named a nominee for the prestigious Honda Sport Award for Gymnastics, THE Collegiate Women Sports Award announced Tuesday.
The Lake Mary, Florida native was the winner of the 2017 AAI award, which is given to the top senior gymnast in the country. Gnat finished the season ranked No. 1 on vault, No. 4 on floor and No. 8 on beam and was named the Central Region Gymnast of the Year as well as the SEC Specialist of the Year.
During her career, Gnat won 62 individual career titles, including 24 this season. Gnat captured conference championships in all three events she competed in at the league meet in March. Gnat matched the school record for perfect 10.0 scores in a career with nine when she stuck her vault at SEC Championships. She also set the school record for the most floor titles in a single season with 12.
Gnat is the fifth LSU gymnast to be nominee in the history of the Honda Sports Award. Rheagan Courville (2012-13), Susan Jackson (2009-10), Ashleigh Clare-Kearney (2008-09), and Rachel Frug (1989-90) were the previous nominees. Three-time NCAA champion Susan Jackson is the lone winner of the award.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years 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 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26, 2017, in downtown Los, Angeles.
The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC). The Honda Sport Award winner for Gymnastics will be announced later this week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Honda Sport award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup award presented in June.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 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 $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.