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Two from SEC among 12 vying for Honda Cup

88 days ago
SEC Staff
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Florida track & field athlete Yanis David and Arkansas golfer Maria Fassi are among the 12 Honda Sport Award winners who are finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup which will be announced live during the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Show presented by Honda on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 24, at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET, from the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics." The 12 honorees were chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools and among four finalists in each sport.

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards is celebrating its 43rd year of honoring the nation's top NCAA women athletes, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has been a 32-year sponsor and provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.

The two Honda Sports Award winners from the SEC are:

Yanis David, Track & Field
Florida, Senior, Lamentin, Guadeloupe

Scored a combined nation-leading 34 points at the 2019 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships...seventh woman in NCAA Outdoor Championships history to score 18-plus points in the horizontal jumps...won outdoor long jump and indoor triple jump NCAA titles...USTFCCCA National Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year...USTFCCCA National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year...SEC Indoor and Outdoor Women's Field Athlete of the Year...posted the third-farthest triple jump mark and No. 2 performance in collegiate history (14.35m) and tied the 10th-farthest long jump mark (6.84m) and No. 7 performance in collegiate history...only woman in history to crack the collegiate all-time top 10 list in both horizontal jumps...second woman in history to sweep the horizontal jumps titles in one year at the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships...13-time USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor All-American...The Bowerman Watch List.

Maria Fassi, Golf
Arkansas, Senior Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico

2019 Ping WGCA Player of the Year...2019 NCAA Individual Champion...two-time WGCA First-Team All-American...two-time SEC Player of the Year...two-time First-Team All-SEC...two-time ANNIKA Award winner given to the top collegiate golfer...ranked second in final Golfweek individual rankings...helped the Razorbacks advance to NCAA Championship match play for the first time in program history...posted a 71.18 scoring average on the year...notched five top-five finishes during the season...2019 SEC Championship individual medalist...netted 20 under-par rounds and seven in the 60's over the course of the season...runner-up at the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in April...competed in the Arnold Palmer Cup for the international squad in 2018...three-time Academic honor roll...competed in the 2019 U.S. Women's Open and finished tied for 12th in her professional debut in Charleston.

Other nominees:

  • Rachel Garcia, Softball, UCLA, RS-Junior, Pitcher, Palmdale, Calif.
  • Megan Gustafson, Basketball, Iowa, Senior, Forward/Center, Port Wing, Wis.
  • Ashley Hoffman, Field Hockey, North Carolina, Senior, Midfield/Back, Mohnton, Pa.
  • Dani Jones, Cross Country, Colorado, Senior, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Lilly King, Swimming & Diving, Indiana, Senior, Evansville, IN
  • Natalia Kuikka, Soccer, Florida State, Senior, Defender, Kemi, Finland
  • Maggie Nichols , Gymnastics, Oklahoma, Junior, Little Canada, Minn.
  • Estela Perez-Somarriba , Tennis, Miami (FL), Junior, Madrid, Spain
  • Kathryn Plummer, Volleyball, Stanford, Junior, Outside Hitter, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
  • Megan Taylor, Lacrosse, Maryland, Senior, Goalie, Glenelg, MD