April 22, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob, the 2014 NCAA All-Around Champion, is one of four finalists for the Honda Award, which goes to the nation's top gymnast.
"Kim is an extraordinary young woman who is the very essence of what this award is all about," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "Her success has come at the highest level both athletically as the NCAA All-Around Champion and academically as an NCAA Elite 89 Award winner. More than that, she has been the heart of our program from the first moment she stepped on campus. She is a servant leader not only as part of our team, but in the larger community around her."
The Honda Award is presented 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 other finalists for this year's Honda Award for gymnastics include Katherine Grable of Arkansas, Bridget Sloan of Florida and Emily Wong of Nebraska.
In addition to winning Alabama's sixth national all-around title and 25th individual NCAA title overall, Jacob led the nation in First Team All-American honors in 2014 with four of a possible five. She earned first-team All-American honors in the all-around and on the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She closed her career with 11 All-American honors, making her the eighth Crimson Tide gymnast to finish her career with 11 or more citations.
"Kim is epitome of what our program stands for and she is the type of individual that the foundation of our program was built on," Patterson said. "I've said this many, many times, but if I could have 10 more just like Kim, our continued success would be assured."
The 2014 NCAA Seattle Regional balance beam champion was a vital part of the Tide's 2011 and 2012 NCAA Championships. Overall, she led Alabama to four consecutive top-4 national finishes, two Southeastern Conference Championships and four NCAA Regional titles.
The three-year Scholastic All-American and three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll was the first gymnast in Southeastern Conference history to be named SEC Gymnastics Scholar Athlete of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches three times (2012, 2013 and 2014). The 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award winner as the gymnast with highest cumulative grade point average at the NCAA Championships and a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large First Team member as a junior, Jacob carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her Alabama career while majoring in exercise science.
A champion in the gym and the classroom, Jacob is also an active presence in the community, earning a place on the 2013 and 2014 SEC Community Service Teams while volunteering with numerous charities and causes throughout her career.
Alabama gymnasts have won the Honda Award seven times - Kayla Hoffman (2011), Ashley Miles (2006), Jeana Rice (2004), Andreé Pickens (2002), Dee Foster (1993) and Penney Hauschild (1985 and 1986).
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.