Tasha Schwikert Selected As Honda Award Nominee

April 25, 2007

UCLA junior Tasha Schwikert (Las Vegas, NV/Centennial HS) has been selected as one of four nominees for the Honda Award, honoring the nation's top gymnast. Schwikert, who was also named the West Region and Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, has been one of the nation's top competitors in 2007, finishing the regular season as the only gymnast in the nation to rank in the Top 15 in the all-around and on all four events. She won the all-around, vault, beam and floor titles at the Pac-10 Championships and the all-around, beam and floor crowns at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships.

Schwikert, the 2005 NCAA all-around champion, has posted two of the Top 3 all-around scores in the nation this year, earning a 39.750 at the Pac-10 Championships and a 39.700 in a dual meet against Arizona on Jan. 21. Schwikert averages 39.456 in the all-around and has won the all-around in six consecutive meets. In all, she has captured an impressive 35 individual victories on the year. Schwikert averages over 9.9 on vault and floor and over 9.84 on bars and beam and has hit 48 of 49 routines on the season and 47 in a row. Thirty-three of her 49 routines (67%) have scored 9.9 or better.

Schwikert was also honored earlier in the month on the All-Pac-10 team in the all-around and on the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention squad.

Also nominated for the Honda Award for gymnastics are Janet Anson of Iowa State, Katie Heenan of Georgia and Emily Parsons of Nebraska.

The Honda Award annually recognizes the top female college athlete in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned women's sports. The Honda Awards winners are then candidates for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which recognizes the outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. UCLA has had five Honda Award recipients for gymnastics - Kristen Maloney in 2004-05, Onnie Willis in 2002-03, Mohini Bhardwaj in 2000-01, Jill Andrews in 1989-90 and Sharon Shapiro in 1980-81 - and 26 Honda Award winners overall.

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