FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas senior All-American gymnast Jaime Pisani continues to add to her list of honors for the year with her recent selection to receive an NCAA Winter Sports Post-Graduate Scholarship.
The NCAA selects 29 male and 29 female student-athletes each fall, winter and spring for 174 total individual winners.
Pisani, who was named the 2012 Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Year, will receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship. The Ringwood, N.J., native was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Capital One Academic All-District Six At-Large team with a 3.66 cumulative grade point average in kinesiology – exercise science.
The NCAA post-graduate scholarship is Pisani’s second of the year. During the spring, she was one of just 26 recipients from across the nation to be selected for an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Post-Graduate Scholarship. She is participating in a Career in Sports forum this week to be recognized as one of the winners, but will turn down that $6,000 scholarship to accept the $7,500 NCAA scholarship.
Pisani led the Razorbacks to the Super Six and a national sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championship. She won 35 individual event titles, earned four All-America honors and ended the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in the all-around and on floor.
The Razorbacks earned the first No. 1 national ranking in program history during the regular season, earned a spot in an NCAA Regional for the ninth consecutive season, advanced to the NCAA Championship for the fifth straight year and the sixth time in seven years, and qualified for the Super Six for the second time in four years.
Arkansas recorded a top 15 national finish for the eighth straight year with top 10 finishes in 2008 (10th), 2009 (fifth), 2011 (tie for ninth) and 2012 (sixth).
Pisani was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, received the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at the first HOGSPY Awards ceremony and received the Razorback Spirit Award at the Red Tie Dinner and Salute to Excellence.
She set or tied school records this year with a 39.725 score in the all-around, 9.975 on floor, 9.95 on beam and 9.95 on bars, and with 13 career All-America honors. She was a first-team All-American in the all-around, on floor and on beam, and a second-team selection on bars. At the NCAA individual event finals, Pisani finished third in the nation in the all-around, ninth on floor and 12th on beam. She won the SEC championship on beam, NCAA Regional titles on beam and vault, and NCAA Championship Session II titles on beam and floor.
Pisani has earned Scholar-Athlete honors from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women, and she’s a member of Arkansas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has attended the Razorback Leadership Academy. In the community, she has participated with the Sweat Hawgs program to encourage physical fitness to elementary students, the Book Hogs program to encourage reading to elementary students, the Southeastern Conference’s Together We Can food drive, Lift Up America to feed the hungry in Northwest Arkansas, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, serving food and helping clean up at the Seven Hills Homeless Shelter, and walking dogs and helping clean up at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, among many others.