BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Samantha Cerio of Auburn and Alex Hyland of Kentucky have been named the 2019 SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Cerio, a senior from Huntersville, N.C., owns a 3.48 grade point average in aerospace engineering. She competed on bars in every meet during the regular season for the Tigers with eight meets in the floor lineup. Cerio recorded three scores of 9.9 on bars with a career-best 9.925 at Kentucky. She is among the nation's Top 30 on bars with a 9.890 NQS, and nine of her scores have been 9.825 or higher in the event. Cerio also scored a 9.8 or better on floor five times. She has earned a spot on the All-SEC or SEC All-Freshman Team on bars every season at Auburn. Cerio has represented the Tigers at the NCAA Championship on bars in back-to-back seasons. She has earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition each year on campus, has made the Dean's List and is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society - Chi Alpha Sigma. Cerio will finish her career as one of the best bar workers to come out of the program, and will be working with Boeing following graduation.
Hyland, a senior from Foxborough, Mass., is a kinesiology major with a 3.944 grade point average. She owns the second-highest bars score (9.925), shares the fourth-best beam score (9.900) and the second-best on floor (9.925), and owns the third-best all-around score (39.550). Following the conclusion of the regular season, Hyland ranks as the nation's 17th-best all-arounder, No. 44 on vault, No. 62 on bars, No. 23 on beam, and No. 64 on floor. She qualified as an individual competitor in the NCAA Championships in both 2016 and 2017 and won the 2017 SEC Championship on beam. Hyland was named NAGAC All-America in 2017, All-SEC in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and SEC All-Freshman in 2016. She earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2017 and 2018, as well as the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2016.