Mohini Bhardwaj Wins Honda Award For Gymnastics

May 1, 2001

UCLA senior gymnast Mohini Bhardwaj (Cincinnati, OH) was chosen as the 2000-01 Honda Award winner for gymnastics, which honors the nation's top female gymnast. This completes a sweep in which she earned conference, regional and national gymnast of the year honors.

Bhardwaj had a phenomenal 2001 season, leading UCLA to its second consecutive NCAA title and winning her second individual title, on the floor exercise. The 11-time All-American and winner of the AAI American Award for the nation's top senior gymnast, inked her name in UCLA's record books by scoring a 39.975 in the all-around, which was the second-highest all-around score in NCAA history. She reached perfection several times this past season, setting school marks for most 10s in a season (eight), most career perfect 10s (eight), and most 10s in a meet (three). Bhardwaj also won the all-around titles at the conference and regional meets and led UCLA with 23 individual victories.

'This is a fitting tribute to a phenomenal collegiate career,' said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. 'Mohini embodies all of the qualities that exemplify a true student-athlete. It has been a pleasure watching her grow over the years and an honor to have her be a part of our program.'

In winning the Honda Award, Bhardwaj becomes eligible for the Honda Broderick Cup, which honors the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The Honda Broderick Cup will be presented June 11, 2001 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Bhardwaj is UCLA's third Honda Award recipient for gymnastics, putting her in elite company with Sharon Shapiro (1980-81) and Jill Andrews (1989-90). Bhardwaj becomes UCLA's 22nd overall Honda Award winner and will attempt to become only the fourth Honda Broderick Cup winner from UCLA. Past Honda Broderick Cup winners were Ann Meyers (basketball) in 1977-78, Jackie Joyner (track and field) in 1984-85 and Lisa Fernandez (softball) in 1992-93.

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