McDonald Named Most Valuable Gymnast

May 8, 2006

Seattle - Washington's lone senior gymnast Kelly McDonald (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt HS) shined one last time Sunday as she took home six awards at the annual team banquet. McDonald was honored as the team's Most Valuable Gymnast, Most Inspirational and Captain. McDonald was also recognized for her academic success by receiving the Top Scholar, Academic Achievement (3.2 grade point average or higher) and 101 Club Top Scholar awards.

McDonald ended her Husky Gymnastics career with 25 event titles, the 11th best of all time. She will graduate this spring with a degree in International Business.

Freshman Kristen Omori (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita HS) was named Rookie of the Year. Omori competed on vault, beam and floor in all 13 meets of the season, the only Huskies to do so. She won her only event title on floor vs. California with a 9.800. She was one of four Huskies to qualify for NCAA West Regionals where she competed floor. Omori also joined McDonald in receiving the Academic Achievement award.

Fellow freshman Katie Boyko (Kelso, Wash./Kelso HS) was recognized as the Most Improved gymnast. Boyko competed vault in all but one meet and scored a 9.500 or better in 10 of 12 of her performances.

Other gymnasts to receive awards included sophomores Jennifer Chang (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS) and Natalie Gillan (Denver, Colo.), and juniors Darcee Schiller (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Tori Quandt (Santa Rosa, Calif.), who all were awarded the Academic Achievement award.

Junior Chelsea Bakken (Mesa, Ariz.) joined McDonald in being honored as Team Captain.