Oklahoma junior and 2019 NCAA team, vault and all-around champion Maggie Nichols was named the Honda Sport Award winner for Gymnastics, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) announced.
Nichols became just the third Sooner to receive the prestigious honor, joining Keilani Ricketts (softball, 2012, 2013) and Kelly Garrison (gymnastics, 1987, 1988).
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 43 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 2019 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 24, 2019, in downtown Los, Angeles.
Nichols, who was named a finalist for the third consecutive season, became just the sixth gymnast to repeat as the NCAA All-Around Champion. Along with her all-around crown, Nichols was also the 2019 NCAA co-champion on vault, bringing her career total to six individual titles.
The 2019 NCAA Inspiration Award winner, Nichols was a first-team All-American on all four events and the all-around, bringing her career total to 13. She was a two-time NCAA regional champion (vault, bars) and a two-time Big 12 Champion (bars, beam) in 2019.
Nichols was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Brenna Dowell (Oklahoma), Sarah Finnegan (LSU) and Kyla Ross (UCLA). Nichols is the second OU gymnast to win the award, joining Kelly Garrison who won in 1987 and 1988.
The CWSA, celebrating its 43rd year, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.