June 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES -
Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob, the 2014 Honda Award winner for gymnastics, is one of 12 finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup which will be announced live Monday, June 30, at 7 pm CST, from the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif.
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 12 honorees were chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools and among four finalists in each sport.
The 12 sport winners will be presented during an hour-long show that will air on CBS Sports Network (check local listings or follow the link to find the network http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channelfinder).
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Jacob capped her Crimson Tide career by winning the 2014 NCAA All-Around title and leading Alabama to its fourth consecutive top-4 national finish - a streak that includes back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2011 and 2012 - as well as UA's second Southeastern Conference title in four years. An 11-time All-American, she earned four first-team honors in 2014, the most of any gymnast at the national championships.
The SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year for a conference-record third year in a row in 2014, Jacob was also named the 2014 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year and is a two-time first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American. The 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award earned both SEC and NCAA postgraduate scholarships.
Following a reception honoring all 12 Honda Sports Award Winners on Sunday, Jacob, a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team will take part in an outreach program on Monday, which will be followed by a luncheon and then the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year show Monday evening.
"I am so tremendously proud of all that Kim has accomplished over the year and I couldn't be more pleased that she is being honored in this way," UA head coach Sarah Patterson said. "It's just an amazing tribute to a remarkable career."
The other 2014 Honda Sport Award winners include: Abbey D'Agostino (Dartmouth, Cross Country, Senior, Topsfield, Mass.); MarieElena Bolles (UConn, Field Hockey, Senior, Forward, Phoenixville, Pa.); Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA, Soccer, Junior, Defense, Menlo Park, Calif.); Krista Vansant (Washington, Volleyball, Junior, Outside Hitter, Redlands, Calif.); Felicia Lee (Stanford, Swimming & Diving, Senior, Wayne, N.J.); Breanna Stewart (UConn, Basketball, Sophomore, Forward, Syracuse, N.Y.); Taylor Cummings (Maryland, Lacrosse, Sophomore, Midfielder, Ellicott City, Md.); Celine Boutier (Duke, Golf, Sophomore, Montrouge, France); Madison Shipman (Tennessee, Softball, Senior, Shortstop, Valencia, Calif.); Robin Anderson (UCLA, Tennis, Junior, Matawan, N.J.); Sharika Nelvis (Arkansas State, Track & Field, Senior, Memphis, Tenn.).
Alabama gymnasts have now won the Honda Award eight times with Jacob joining 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 $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.