Women's Gymnastics

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Kat Ding
blank Kat Ding
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sparks, Nev.

High School:
Reed

Height:
5-2

Position:
AA

2012 (Senior): NCAA champion on bars and floor and finished runner-up in the all-around ... Claimed the 39th and 40th individual NCAA titles in Georgia history and the 11th on bars and floor ... Claimed her second straight NCAA bars title to become the eighth gymnast in Georgia history to win national titles in multiple years and the first to win back-to-back crowns on an individual event since Heather Stepp on vault in 1992 and 1993 ... Became the sixth gymnast in Georgia history to win multiple national titles in the same season ... Second gymnast to repeat as the outright NCAA uneven bars champion and the first since Georgia's Lucy Wener in 1986 and 1987 ... CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America ... Scored a career-high 9.9875 in the NCAA Individual Finals (four judges awarded her routine with a 10) ... Scored a career-high 9.95 on floor ... Finished third on vault with a 9.8125 ... Finished runner-up in the NCAA all-around with a career-high-tying 39.650 in the NCAA Prelims ... Finished her career ranked No. 7 all-time at UGA in total bars points ... Scored career-high 9.975 on vault in the NCAA Prelims and a 9.95 on bars ... Led the team with 26 all-around titles, including 10 on bars, seven on vault, five in the all-around and two on beam ... Won Coaches' MVP award, postseason vault MVP, postseason bars MVP, Suzanne Yoculan No Dream Too Big Award and Kathy McMinn Consistency Award ... Won her fifth all-around title at the NCAA Auburn Regional with a 39.500 and also tied for first on bars with a 9.9 ... Named a finalist for the AAI Award ... Tied for second on bars in the SEC Championship with a 9.9 ... Won the all-around against No. 21 NC State with a 39.500 ... Competed solely on bars and scored a 9.95 at No. 20 Michigan ... Had competed in the all-around in the previous four meets until the Michigan meet, scoring a career-high 39.650, two 39.550s and a 39.450 ... Set or tied four career-highs against UCLA, winning the all-around with a 39.650 and tying for first on vault, beam and floor ... In just her second career all-around, placed first with a 39.550 against No. 3 Arkansas, matching the highest all-around score by a Georgia gymnast since the 2009 NCAA Super Six; also finished first on bars with a 9.95 and tied for first on vault with a 9.9; also turned in a 9.85 on beam to tie for second and a 9.85 in her first floor routine of the season. Ding was honored for her performance by being named SEC Gymnast of the Week and CollegeSports360.com's Primetime Performer of the Week for women's gymnastics and was also selected for Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd ... Matched her performance against Arkansas with another 39.550 the following week against Kentucky; scored a then-career-high 9.9 on floor to go along with 9.9s on vault and bars to tie for first in both events ... Tied then-career high on bars against Denver with a 9.975 ... Scored a meet-high 9.925 on bars and a team-best 9.9 on vault at No. 1 Utah ... Led the team with a meet-high 9.95 on bars and a 9.925 on vault vs. No. 17 LSU; also added a 9.85 on beam ... Won the vault title with a 9.9 at No. 20 Auburn ... Also scored a team-high 9.925 on vault vs. Denver ... Scored a 9.875 to tie for first on bars at No. 2 Alabama ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ...UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Named Scholastic All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

2011 (JUNIOR): Won the NCAA bars title with a 9.9125, the 38th time a Gym Dog won an NCAA title and 10th on bars ... Named First Team All-SEC ... Missed the first meet at No. 16 Denver with an injury ... Made season debut with a 9.875 on bars vs. No. 3 Utah ... Won the bars title with a 9.95 vs. No. 18 West Virginia ... Scored a 9.925 on bars vs. Auburn ... Won her third bars title of the season with a 9.875 at Kentucky ... Tied her career-high on bars with a 9.975 to tie for first vs. No. 1 Florida ... Competed on vault and beam for the first time and scored a 9.825 and a career-best 9.875, respectively, at No. 21 LSU; also added a 9.825 on bars ... Won the bars title with a 9.95 and tied for first on vault with a season-high 9.925 against No. 5 Alabama ... Won the bars title with a 9.925 and scored a 9.825 on vault at No. 8 UCLA ... Won the bars title with a 9.925 vs. No. 9 Michigan ... Won her second straight SEC bars title with a 9.925, the 29th time a Gym Dog has won the SEC bars title; also posted a 9.875 on vault at the SEC Championship ... Won the bars title in the NCAA Athens Regional with a 9.95 in the anchor position; also led the team with a 9.9 on vault ... Scored a 9.9 on bars at the NCAA Championships to advance to the individual finals, where she posted a 9.9125 to finish first ...Named Scholastic All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W).

2010 (SOPHOMORE): Competed in 12 meets and won 11 event titles including eight on bars and three on vault ... First Team All-SEC (SEC Bars Champion) ... Suffered an injury in the pre-meet warmups at the NCAA Columbia Regional and was scratched from the lineup ... Won the SEC bars title with a 9.925; also scored a 9.850 on vault ... Won the bars title with a career-best 9.975 and won the vault title with a 9.925 vs. NC State ... Competed in the all-around for the first time in her career at No. 12 Michigan; finished second on vault with a 9.900 ... Won the vault title with a career-best 9.975 vs. No. 3 UCLA; also had a 9.900 on bars ... Posted a 9.825 on vault and a 9.850 on bars vs. No. 10 LSU ... Tied for first on bars with a 9.875, and scored a then-season-high 9.925 on vault at No. 4 Florida ... Won the bars title with a 9.900 and also scored a 9.850 on vault vs. No. 3 Arkansas ... Won the bars title with a career-best 9.975 and also scored a 9.825 on vault vs. No. 11 Kentucky ... Tied for first on bars and beam with a pair of 9.850s at No. 15 Auburn ... Competed on vault, bars and beam at No. 6 Utah, and finished in the top-five in each event. She was first on bars with a 9.900, posted a career-high 9.875 on beam and also had a 9.875 on vault ... Posted a 9.825 on bars at No. 4 Alabama ... Scored a meet-high 9.850 on bars vs. No. 7 Stanford ... Named to SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll. 



2009 (FRESHMAN): Earned All-America honors on bars at the NCAA Championship ... Helped Georgia win the national championship with a critical and career-high 9.95 on vault (the Gym Dogs posted a season-high 49.625 in their last rotation of the NCAAs) ... Named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team ... Chosen for the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll ... Improved her career high on bars to 9.925 in the Southeastern Conference Championship ... Won the vault title in the meet against Kentucky and Centenary with a then-career-best 9.9 ... Led off on bars against Florida with a then-career-best 9.875, setting the tone as the Gym Dogs recorded a season-best 49.55 ... Pressed into action on beam against Auburn when fellow freshman Gina Nuccio injured her knee during warm-ups ... Named the recipient of the Suzanne A. Yoculan Gymnastics Scholarship ... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. 



CLUB/INTERNATIONAL: Trained at FLIPS USA under Suzie Otuafi as well as Patti and Neil Resnick ... Named to the 2006 United States Junior Olympic National Team ... Finished fifth on the uneven bars at the Level 10 Nationals as a Senior A in 2007 ... Came in first on beam and second in the all-around and bars at the Level 10 Nationals as a Junior C in 2006 ... Graduated from Reed High School, where she was in the Honors Program and was a member of the Student Council. 



COMMUNITY SERVICE: Volunteered for the "Together We Can" food drive that collected more than 1,200 pounds of food ... Volunteered for Special Olympics ... Named to the 2011 SEC Gymnastics Community Service Team.



PERSONAL: Born Nov. 20 1990 ... Daughter of Daly Ding and Sara McRay and has a sister, Carolyn ... Major: Advertising; Minor: Fashion Merchandising.

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