NORMAN – Oklahoma senior and NCAA vault, ground and all-around champion Anastasia Webb was named the Honda Sport Award Winner for gymnastics, the collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) introduced Thursday.

Webb is simply the fourth Sooner athlete to obtain the celebrated award, becoming a member of former gymnasts Kelly Garrison (1987, 1988), Maggie Nichols (2019) and softball’s Keilani Ricketts (2012, 2013).

The Honda Sport Award has been introduced yearly by the CWSA for the previous 45 years to the highest ladies athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports activities and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.  The winner of the game award turns into a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the celebrated 2021 Honda Cup, which can be introduced on a telecast on CBS Sports Network on June twenty eighth at 9 pm ET.

“I am extremely honored and grateful to have won the Honda Sport Award for gymnastics,” Webb stated. “Winning the Honda Award is a dream come true and I cannot thank enough my amazing coaching staff, my teammates, and my family for all the endless support.”

“I am blessed to be part of the best gymnastics program in the country and very thankful for all the opportunities the University of Oklahoma has given me athletically and academically, Webb continued, “I’d additionally wish to say congratulations to the opposite finalists, Luisa Blanco, Lynnzee Brown, and Lexy Ramler on having a improbable gymnastics season, particularly throughout the 12 months of the pandemic. This 12 months had been like no different and I’m really amazed at each faculty and each gymnast who fought until the tip to compete within the sport they love. Thank you once more for honoring me with this prestigious award and permitting me to hitch different legendary athletes.”

Webb, who was a finalist for the first time in her career, became just the ninth gymnast in NCAA history to earn three national titles in one season. Her three individual crowns ranks third all-time in OU history. The Morton Grove, Ill., native claimed the all-around, vault and floor national championships with one of her best performances of the season.

The 2021 Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, Region 4 Gymnast of the Year and an AAI Finalist, Webb helped lead Oklahoma to an NCAA Runner-Up finish in her senior season. Along the way, she picked up All-America honors and was the only gymnast in the nation to earn first-team accolades on all four events and in the all-around. Webb now has 20 career All-America honors to her name to rank second all-time in OU history.

In 2021, Webb earned four perfect 10s with two on vault and one each on bars and beam. She earned a career high of 39.850 in the all-around as she racked up 33 career event titles. Webb now ranks second all-time in OU history with 67 event wins.

Webb has competed in every single meet of her OU career, picking up nine All-Big 12 team accolades, three individual Big 12 crowns and two major Big 12 awards. The No. 1 ranked gymnast in the nation on vault, Webb also excelled in the classroom as a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection.

Webb was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Alabama’s Luisa Blanco, Denver’s Lynnzee Brown and Minnesota’s Lexy Ramler. Webb is the third gymnast to win the award, joining Maggie Nichols (2019) and Kelly Garrison (1987, 1988). The senior will look to grow to be simply the second Sooner to win the Honda Cup as Keilani Ricketts gained in 2013.

The CWSA, celebrating its forty fifth anniversary 12 months, has honored the nation’s prime NCAA ladies athletes for his or her superior athletic expertise, management, educational excellence and eagerness to take part in group service.  Since commencing its partnership in 1986, Honda has supplied greater than $3.4 million in institutional grants to the colleges of the award winners and nominees to assist ladies’s athletics applications. 

 

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