Sooners' Maggie Nichols wins Honda Sport Award for gymnastics
NORMAN—Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols became the third Sooner to earn the Honda Sport Award, it was announced Tuesday.
Nichols, the NCAA's vault and all-around champion as well as a part of the team championship last season, was a finalist for the third year.
She joins Keilani Ricketts (softball, 2012-13) and Kelly Garrison (gymnastics, 1987-88) as Oklahoma athletes receiving the honor, which is awarded by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.
The Honda Sport Award honors the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. By winning her sport award, Nichols is a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2019 Honda Cup. Those awards will be presented June 24 in Los Angeles in a ceremony aired on CBS Sports Network.
Nichols' teammate Brenna Dowell was another of the four finalists.
Nichols was injured much of the season but returned to the all-around at the NCAA Championships, first winning her two individual titles—she shared the vault title—on the first night before helping lift her team to the championship the next night.
"Maggie has been a remarkable example of resilience and grit," Sooners coach K.J. Kindler said in a release. "To finish on top of the podium two consecutive seasons is incredibly difficult when an athlete is thriving and healthy. Maggie has shown that challenges help us rise, focus and inspire. Her powerful impact on our sport can be felt at every level and her positive message is being received on a daily basis through her many platforms. She is a champion in every aspect."