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Moneymaker nominated for top collegiate honor
BRUINS: Prestigious Honda Award to go to top female athlete of the year
By Traci Mack Daily Bruin Senior Staff

Heidi MoneymakerAs if being an eight-time All-American wasn't enough, junior Heidi Moneymaker is vying for a chance to be named the nation's top collegiate athlete in women's gymnastics.

The Honda Award, which is given to the top female collegiate athletes of the year in 11 sports, has announced its women's gymnastics nominees for the 1998-1999 season.

The winner could go on to be presented the Honda-Broderick Cup, which recognizes the overall outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Moneymaker is one of four nominees, all of whom made strong showings at the NCAA Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Senior Karin Lichey of national champion University of Georgia should prove to be Moneymaker's toughest competition for the award.

An All-American several times over, Lichey finished second in the all-around, barely beating out Moneymaker for the runner-up spot.

The gymnast who beat out both Lichey and Moneymaker for that same all-around title also found her way into the mix - freshman sensation Theresa Kulikowski of Utah. Kulikowski took home the title despite the Utes' failure to make it past the preliminary round of the NCAAs.

Rounding out the field for the Honda competition is another freshman, Andree Pickens of the University of Alabama. After the Crimson Tide made it to its 17th Super Six finals, Pickens led her team to a close third-place finish behind the University of Michigan.

Only two other Bruins have brought the Honda Award to Westwood - Sharon Shapiro in 1981 and Jill Andrews in 1990. But Moneymaker has already etched her name beside these Bruin greats.

As co-captain of the gymnastics squad, Moneymaker was a consistent leader throughout much of the season, capping off the year with her second NCAA individual title, this time in the vault.

After being selected as the Region 1 Gymnast of the Year and winning the Pac-10 and Regional all-around titles, Moneymaker hopes to continue her hot streak of competition this summer.

Moneymaker will represent the United States at the World University Games for the first time in her career.


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