Florida Gators gymnast Bridget Sloan, who ended her four-year career among one of the most accomplished athletes in athletic program history, was named winner of the 2016 SEC Female Athlete of the Year award on Thursday.
The honor brings Sloan into a rarefied class within Gators athletics as she joins seven other big-time names that have previously earned the award.
Quarterbacks Tim Tebow (2008-09) and Danny Wuerffel (1996-97), along with swimmer Nicole Haislett (1992-93) are the only two-time award winners. The rest of the list includes softball pitchers Lauren Haeger (2014) and Hannah Rodgers (2013) and three swimmers in Ryan Lochte (2005), Dara Torres (1988) and Tracy Caulkins (1984).
Sloan, who was also named winner of the 2016 Honda Award as the nation’s best gymnast for the second time in her career, has won six individual national titles (two all-arounds) and is the only gymnast in program history (seventh in NCAA history) to achieve perfect 10.0 scores on all four events over the course of her career.
She is the only gymnast in history to win all-around titles in world (2009), United States (2009) and NCAA (2013, 2016) competitions, and Sloan also brought home a silver medal with the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.