Utah's Hughes named Pac-12 gymnastics Scholar Athlete of the Year
SEATTLE – UTAH’s Breanna Hughes was named the Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Friday. The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
Hughes is double-majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, and Health, Society, and Policy and currently holds a 3.965 cumulative GPA. She is a two-time first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection and a three-time NACGC (National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches) Scholar All-American. Hughes has also demonstrated incredible leadership during her time at Utah, serving as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the Utah Gymnastics Leadership Council.
The Champlin, Minn. native has excelled just as much on the competition floor as she has in the classroom, managing to maintain a nearly perfect GPA while being a three-year starter for one of the best gymnastics teams in the country. Hughes’ senior season has been her best yet, being named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week earlier this week following her final regular season meet. During the last event of her last meet of her regular season career, Hughes scored a perfect 10 on the floor, a fitting end for a deserving student-athlete.
Hughes is currently ranked 10th nationally in the all-around, 10th on vault, 13th on bars, and 12th on floor. She has been named Pac-12 Specialist of the Week twice this season and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week once during her freshman campaign. Also during her freshman year, Hughes was a second-team All-American on beam. As a starter on the 2015 NCAA-runner-up team, she helped Utah finish second in the nation not only in gymnastics, but also academically as the Utes finished second in the nation in that category as well, with a 3.783 team GPA.
Hughes will be competing in her final Pac-12 Gymnastics Championships this weekend. The Championships will be held this Saturday, Mar. 19, at Alaska Airlines Arena on campus at the University of Washington. Tickets for the event are still available through the Washington ticket office.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year is named in each of the Pac-12’s 23 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, wrestling, and beach volleyball. The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were established during the 2007-08 academic year.
Other Nominees Included:
Allie Salas, ASU; Jessie Sisler, ARIZ; Serena Leong, CAL; Jenna Frowein, STAN; Danusia Francis, UCLA; Allison Northey, WASH