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Gator gymnast Bridget Sloan wins prestigious Honda Award

Florida freshman gymnast Bridget Sloan has been named the 2013 recipient of the Honda Award for gymnastics, an award presented annually to the nation's top female in the sport.

She is the second consecutive UF gymnast to win the prestigious award, joining teammate Kytra Hunter, who won the 2012 Honda after winning a pair of individual titles at last year's NCAA championships.

Sloan helped lead the Gators to their first NCAA title, and also won the meet's all-around and balance beam individual titles, becoming the second UF gymnast to win multiple NCAA events in the same year.

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Sloan is only the fourth freshman gymnast to collect the Honda Award. Three Gator gymnasts have received the honor, led by Ann Woods wh won Florida's first in 1982.

"What a freshman year it has been - being a part of the University of Florida's first NCAA Championship team and now this," Sloan said. "I am so honored to receive the Honda Award. This whole season has been one highlight after another and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the collegiate experience. I am happy to share this award with my teammates, coaches and the Gator fans as their support is so important."

The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.