Courtney Kupets, Georgia’s all everything gymnast, became the first Georgia athlete to win the award for female athlete of the year, the Honda-Broderick Cup. Considering the award is 33 years old and the powerhouse gymnastic and basketball teams UGA has had, that is pretty surprising. Considering who she beat out is even more surprising:
- Renee Montgomery, UConn. Montgomery, a four year starter in basketball at UConn, was the captain of the undefeated national champions.
- Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech. Kipyego is a third time nominee from cross country. She is a 10 time All-American with 8 NCAA championships in her career.
- Susie Rowe, Maryland. Rowe lead the Terrapins to their sixth national championship in field hockey, the third in her four years. She scored 28 goals and 74 points on the season, both school records. She was named MVP of the ACC tourney and defensive player of the year in the field hockey crazy ACC.
- Maria Hernandez, Purdue. Hernandez won the women’s golf individual title this season and was a three year All-American.
- Hannah Nielsen, Northwestern University. Neilsen led the Wildcats to their fifth consecutive lacrosse title. She led the nation with 142 points and 83 assists, breaking her own assist record of 69, set in 2007.
- Casey Nogueira, University of North Carolina. Nogueira led the nation in scoring with 58 points and 25 goals, seven of them game winners. She scored both goals for the Tar Heels in the NCAA championship match, leading them to an upset over previously unbeaten Notre Dame.
- Danielle Lawrie, University of Washington. Yeah, we know her. National Championship in softball, plus she led the nation in strikeouts (521) and wins (42), was third in shutouts (21) and sixth in ERA (0.97).
- Dana Vollmer, University of California. 2009 swimmer of the year and national championships in the 100- and 200-freestyle, as well as leading the Bears to their first team championship.
- Mallory Cecil, Duke. She won the individual tennis title as a freshman, the first woman to do so.
- Jennifer Barringer, Colorado. She broke the NCAA indoor mile record by 3 seconds, recording the fastest women’s indoor time of the year in the world.
- Nicole Fawcett, Penn State. Led the Nittany Lions to their second consecutive national championship in volleyball, winning every set they played in the regular season and only dropping two sets all season (both to Nebraska in their national semifinal 3-2 win).
She is the second gymnast to win the award. It is selected by vote of nearly 1000 NCAA schools and the board of directors for the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program.
- Congratulations Courtney, you are a DGD.