UCLA's Kate Richardson Named Pac-10 Woman of the Year

July 21, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pacific-10 Conference has named Kate Richardson of UCLA its 2005-06 Woman of the Year award winner. The Bruin gymnast will represent the Conference as its nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

A native of Coquitlam, B.C., Richardson was named the 2006 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year after earning All-Pac-10 honors in the all-around, vault, beam and floor to bring her career total to a school-record 14 all-conference awards. With a 9.95 on the floor exercise at the 2006 NCAAs, she earned her third national title, having also claimed the 2003 crowns on the balance beam and uneven bars.

Richardson has excelled in the classroom as well, as she is a three-time selection to CoSIDA's Academic All-America team (2004, 2005, 2006). An NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipient, Richardson is also a four-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

In addition to her athletic and academic accolades, Richardson has been involved with the Bruin Athletic Council, the Bruin Pen Pal and I'm Going to College programs, as well as having volunteered her time with the LA Covenant House Candlelight Vigil, Habitat for Humanity and the Vancouver Spinal Cord Research Center.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes for their cumulative collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. The top 10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III will be honored, and the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year announced, at a dinner in Indianapolis October 28, 2006.

PAC-10 CONFERENCE -- UCLA's Kate Richardson was named the 2005-06 Pac-10 Woman of the Year and nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

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