June 24, 2005
Honda Award winner and 2005 NCAA vault and beam champion Kristen Maloney (Pen Argyl, PA/Pen Argyl HS) has nominated for an ESPY Award. She is one of five candidates for Best Female College Athlete. The ESPY Awards, which will be decided by a vote of fans, will be presented on Wednesday, July 13, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and televised by ESPN.
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The other candidates for the ESPY in Maloney's category are: Seimone Augustus, LSU Basketball; Nicole Corriero, Harvard Hockey; Cat Osterman, Texas Softball; and Katie Thorlakson, Notre Dame Soccer.
The former U.S. Olympian and two-time U.S. all-around champion had a stellar career at UCLA. As a freshman, she helped lead UCLA to the 2001 NCAA Championship and earned first-team All-America honors herself, despite a serious leg injury that required surgery after the Championships. The injury kept her out of competition in both 2002 and 2003, and she returned in 2004 to help lead UCLA once again to the team title. She earned All-America honors in the all-around, vault, bars and beam and won a share of the Pac-10 beam title and West Regional vault and beam titles.
Maloney was dominant as a fifth-year senior in 2005, spending the final 10 weeks of the 2005 season as the nation's top-ranked all-around gymnast and placing second in the all-around competition at the NCAA Championships despite competing with a sprained ankle. She won the NCAA vault and beam titles, becoming only the third gymnast ever to win that combo in the same year. Maloney also won the Pac-10 all-around, vault, beam and floor titles and the NCAA West Regional vault, beam and floor crowns. She was selected the Sports Illustrated on Campus National Gymnast of the Year, the West Region Gymnast of the Year and the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and received first-team All-America honors in the all-around, vault, beam and floor.
She accomplished several historic feats in 2005. On Mar. 6, she became the first UCLA gymnast ever and only the fourth gymnast in NCAA history to score a perfect 10 on all four events in her career, receiving a 10.0 on bars. She also earned a 10.0 on floor at the NCAA team finals. At the NCAA Event Finals, she became the first collegiate gymnast ever to perform a double layout full-out on floor exercise and only the second collegiate gymnast to perform a laid-out double-twisting Yurchenko on vault. Maloney also became just the second Pac-10 gymnast ever to earn the maximum five all-conference honors in one year.
"No one deserves this honor more than Kristen Maloney," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "She accomplished so much in her career, on a national, international and collegiate level, but what she will always be remembered for is her heart and her determination. She truly has the heart of a champion. I've been saying all year that she is a living legend in the sport of gymnastics, and I am thrilled that she is being recognized as such."
Kristen Maloney has been nominated for an ESPY Award