Six Sensational NCAA Seniors In The Running For AAI Award

Six Sensational NCAA Seniors In The Running For AAI Award

The nominees for the 2016 AAI Award are some of the most outstanding athletes NCAA gymnastics has ever known. This is the 25th annual year of this prestigio

Mar 24, 2016 by Rebecca Johnson
Six Sensational NCAA Seniors In The Running For AAI Award
The nominees for the 2016 AAI Award are some of the most outstanding athletes NCAA gymnastics has ever known. This is the 25th annual year of this prestigious award, which looks to honor the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country.

College coaches submit a nomination from their team and then vote for the candidate of their choice. This award is considered the Heisman Trophy in our sport and AAI is proud to continue its support of NCAA gymnastics.

The nominees are listed below, via AAI:

Caitlin Atkinson

A few highlights:
• 2016 SEC Gymnast of the Year
• 2016 SEC Co-Gymnast of the Week (March 15, Feb. 16)
• 2015 NCAA All-American – 1st Team Beam, 1st Team All-Around
• 2015 NACGC/W All-American – 1st Team All-Around
• 2015 SEC Gymnast of the Week (March 3)
• 2014 NACGC/W Scholastic All-American
• 2013 All-American – 1st Team Vault
• 2013 SEC Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 26, Feb. 5)

Atkinson nailing floor to lead Auburn to a win over Alabama:

Ivana Hong

A few highlights:
• Four-time All-American (twice on beam, once on vault, once on bars)
• One of two gymnasts in Stanford history to record two top-four finishes on beam at the NCAA Individual Finals
• 2015 first-team All-American on beam, second team All-American on bars
• Placed second on beam with a 9.9375 at the 2015 NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals to become the third gymnast in program history to finish second in the event
• 2015 first-team All-Pac-12 on bars
• Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention in 2015
• Recorded Stanford’s six highest scores on beam and two top-10 scores on bars in 2015
• 2013 NCAA Norman Regional champion on beam and vault
• Earned two All-America honors as a freshman in 2012
• A 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate
• Won a World Championships bronze medal on the beam in London in 2009

Ivana's gorgeous bars at the 2016 Metroplex Challenge:

Lindsay Mable

A few highlights:
• Earned four league honors for a total 12 Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors in her career
• Has collected 22 event titles this season 6 Vault, 6 Beam, 5 Floor, 5 Bars & 7 All-Around for 29 total wins
• Named to the All Big Ten First Team
• 2015 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year
• Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• 2015 Honda Sports Award Nominee
• Held the top spot of the national all‐around rankings for two weeks in 2015, the first time by a Minnesota Gymnast
• Broke the program record for the all-around scoring a 39.675
• Voted Gophers’ Most Valuable Performer in 2015
• 2015 Big Ten All-Around Champion with a Minnesota‐record score of 39.650
• 2015 NCAA First Team All-American on vault

Mable's beautiful beam work:

Nina McGee

A few highlights:
• DU Record Holder: All-Around score (39.775), Most career individual titles (94)
• 2016 Big 12 co-Gymnast of the Year
• 2016 All-Big 12 Tournament Team – All-Around, Bars, Floor
• 2016 Big 12 Gymnast of the Week (four times: January 12, January 26, March 1, March 8)
• 2015 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year (Gymnastics)
• 2015 All-American – 1st Team Floor, 2nd Team All-Around
• 2015 MRGC Gymnast of the Year
• 2014 All-MRGC 1st Team - All-Around, Beam and Floor
• 2013 Regular-Season All-American - 2nd Team Bars and Floor
• 2013 WAC Specialist of the Week (three times: January 8 and 15, March 12)

McGee rocking a floor routine:

Haley Scaman

A few highlights:
• Only Sooner in program history to post multiple 10.0s on multiple events (three on floor, two on vault)
• 2014 NCAA Team Champion
• 2015 South Central Region Gymnast of the Year
• Four-time NCAA First-Team All-American
• NCAA National Floor Exercise Runner-Up (2014)
• Tied for third on vault and placed fourth on floor at 2015 NCAA Championships
• Finished third on vault at 2014 NCAA Championships
• Five-time NACGC First-Team All-American (twice on vault, three times on floor)
• Has hit 98.9 percent (174 of 176) of her total routines
• 58 career individual titles
• 2013 NCAA Runner-Up team member
• Two-time Big 12 Gymnast of the Year (2014, 2015)
• 2013 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
• 10-time All-Big 12 (four times on vault, four times on floor, twice on bars)
• 15-time Big 12 Weekly Award winner
• Three-time Big 12 Champion team member - 2013, 2014, 2015
• Three-time NCAA Regional Champion team member - 2013, 2014, 2015

Scaman scoring a 10.0 on floor:

Bridget Sloan

A few highlights:
• 2014 NCAA uneven bars; 2013 NCAA all-around & balance beam champion
• 2013 Honda Award winner
• 11-time All-American (NCAA)
• 10-time All-American (NACGC Regular Season)
• 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year
• 2013, 2014 & 2015 All-Southeastern Conference
• Member of 2014 & 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2009 AA World Champion
• Member of 2008 Olympic Team

Bridget Sloan's floor in the 2016 season-opener:

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