June 13, 2013
ATHENS-----Former Georgia gymnastics standout Kat Ding has been named one of the Southeastern Conference's two nominees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Ding was nominated along with former Alabama gymnast Ashley Priess.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Student-athletes are nominated only once in their career by their institution.
Each conference office may nominate two student-athletes for the award. The top 10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III will be announced in August and the top three honorees per division will be announced in September. The 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.
Ding was the 2012 NCAA champion on the uneven bars and floor exercise, becoming just the second gymnast in NCAA history to repeat as the national champion on bars. The Sparks, Nev., native is also the sixth gymnast in Georgia's storied history to win more than one national title in the same year and the first to win back-to-back crowns on an individual event since 1992-93. She finished her career at UGA ranked seventh all-time in total bars points.
Last year Ding became the fourth gymnast in Georgia history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team recognition. She was a four-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was also named to the UGA Dean's List. Ding graduated from UGA in December 2012 with a degree in advertising.
Georgia has had three NCAA Woman of the Year honorees: swimmers Lisa Ann Coole in 1997, Kristy Kowal in 2000 and Kimberly A. Black in 2001. Grace Taylor Johnson was a top 30 honoree in 2011.