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Heenan Wins Honda Award
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Katie Heenan
Georgia senior Katie Heenan was voted the 2008 Honda Sports Award recipient as the nation's top collegiate female gymnast. Heenan was selected over three other seniors: Lindsey Bruck (Michigan), Ashley Postell (Utah) and Tabitha Yim (Stanford).

Georgia's Courtney Kupets won the award in 2007 as a sophomore.

Heenan, the 2001 world bronze medalist on uneven bars, tied for third all-around and second on bars at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., where the Gym Dogs captured their fourth consecutive team title. Heenan was one of four Georgia seniors to be on the past winning teams.

Born in Indianapolis, Heenan trained at Capital Gymnastics in Burke, Va., before entering the collegiate ranks. She majors in Middle School Education and also teaches gymnastics to Special Olympians.

"I'm very honored to win the Honda Sports Award," Heenan said. "After I was diagnosed with two herniated disks in my back last year, I went through an especially painful season, and it's really gratifying to see that my decision to keep training and competing ... has really paid off."

Heenan could not compete the all-around for her first eight meets this year but closed the regular season with a career-best 39.775. After hitting 49 of 50 competitive routines this year, she became the all-time career scoring leader at Georgia. Heenan is the sixth Georgia gymnast to win the award, after Kupets, Karin Lichey (1999), Hope Spivey (1991), Lucy Wener (1989) and two-time winner , Kim Arnold (1997-98).

Recipients of the Honda Sports Award, which goes to athletes in 12 NCAA women's sports, are automatically nominated for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award. The 2008 winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup June 23 in an award ceremony at Columbia University.

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