Bridget Sloan became the first American to win a U.S. national title, a world title and an NCAA title in the all-around, when she won the all-around at the 2013 NCAA Championships this April. Sloan helped the University of Florida to its first ever team title and she grabbed the balance beam title, too.
When asked how it feels to be the first gymnast to win a U.S., World and NCAA title, Sloan said, “It is pretty strange to think that I have come so far, but it truly is an incredible accomplishment and I can’t thank my team and coaches enough. It is crazy for me to think that I am the only one.”
For her efforts, Sloan received gymnastics’ Honda Award, presented by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards and given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. With this honor, Sloan becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2013 Honda Cup. She was chosen for the Honda Sports Award by a vote among the United States Elite Coaches Association. Finalists included Vanessa Zamarripa (University of California Aca a