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Grable Finalist For Prestigious Honda Award

04/22/2014
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Two-time National Champion Katherine Grable is among the final four candidates for gymnastics’ Honda Award. The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

“It is a great honor for Katherine to be nominated for this award,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. “This is the first athlete in our program history to be nominated for the prestigious award. We are excited for the process and wish her the best of luck.”

Grable capped off her senior campaign by becoming the first national champion in program history and runner-up in the all-around competition in the finale of her career. She has counted 100 percent of her scores this season and in total has collected 36 event titles. Grable won 10 all-around titles, 8 vault titles and 13 floor titles in 14 total chances. Grable was also named the 2014 SEC Gymnast of the Year and named a three-time first team All-American this season. She is the first Razorback to be nominated for this award.

The other finalists include the 2013 Honda award Recipient Bridget Sloan of Florida, Kim Jacob of Alabama and Emily Wong of Nebraska.

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 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.

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.

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