Kmieciak Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
NORMAN — Former University of Oklahoma gymnast Keeley Kmieciak is OU’s honoree for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award, which is in its 26th year of recognizing outstanding graduating female student-athletes.
The award includes the four pillars of academics, athletics, service and leadership. In total, there are 517 school honorees, the most ever in the history of the program, and 231 of those competed at the NCAA Division I level.
Kmieciak was a key component of the Sooners’ success in her senior season, assuming a leadership role as she helped OU to its second national title overall and first outright win in program history. For the first time since she was a freshman, Kmieciak competed in the all-around and on floor, and she excelled in both.
The Naperville, Ill., native earned first-team All-America accolades in the all-around and on vault and floor in 2016. She was also an NACGC/W Regular Season All-American in the all-around (second team) and on bars (first team) and earned All-Big 12 recognition on bars. At the 2016 Big 12 Championship, Kmieciak claimed the bars crown with the first perfect 10.0 of her career and was also the co-vault champion with a season-high 9.925.
Kmieciak, who was named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 team, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and is planning to attend graduate school at OU starting this fall.
The NCAA will announce the full list of conference nominees for the Woman of the Year award later this summer.