Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols wins Honda Sports Award

Oklahoma gymnastics standout Maggie Nichols has been named the winner of the Honda Sports Award for Gymnastics.

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards to the top woman athlete in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

Nichols, a member of both the 2017 and 2019 national championship Oklahoma team is one of six gymnasts to repeat as NCAA all-around champion (2018 and 2019) and owns six individual titles in NCAA Championship competition. She was named a first-team All-American in all four women’s events (beam, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise) and all-around, bring her career total to 13 All-America honors.

A native of Minnesota (Little Canada), Nichols was a two-time NCAA Regional champion (vault, bars) this season and also was the Big 12 champion on bars and beam. The ranked No. 1 in the country this year on beam.

Nichols won 27 individual titles in 2019 and posted 36 scores of 9.9 or higher, including two perfect 10s. She has won 120 individual titles in her three seasons competing in OU women’s gymnastics and is the only OU gymnast in program history to record at least three perfect 10s in three different events.

She is the third Oklahoma athlete to win the Honda Sports Award. Softball pitcher Keilani Ricketts won for softball in 2012 and 2013; Kelly Garrison won for gymnastics in 1987 and 1988.

Nichols was chosen from a vote by representatives from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. OU teammate Brenna Dowell was one of three other finalists for the Honda Sports Award for Gymnastics.

The official presentation of the prestigious national award will take place in a live telecast June 24 on CBS Sports Network.