UCLA's Kate Richardson Named Pac-10 Woman Of The Year

July 21, 2006

UCLA gymnast Kate Richardson has been named the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference Woman of the Year award winner. Richardson 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 NCAA Championships, she earned her third national title, having also claimed the 2003 crowns on the balance beam and uneven bars. Richardson also led UCLA to NCAA team titles in 2003 and 2004, and in 2004, she became just the second female collegiate gymnast ever to compete at the Olympic Games, as well as the first Canadian woman ever to qualify for the event finals on floor exercise, where she finished seventh.

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, a Bruin team captain in 2005-06, has been involved with the Bruin Athletic Council and the Bruin Pen Pal and I'm Going to College programs. She has also volunteered her time with Habitat for Humanity, the LA Covenant House, 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 on Oct. 28, 2006.

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