2020 AAI Award top 6 finalists announced

By Patricia Duffy | March 11, 2020
2020 AAI Award finalists

American Athletic, Inc. (AAI) announced the 2020 AAI Award finalists on Wednesday.

The six finalists for the award are Kennedi Edney (LSU), Taylor Houchin (Nebraska), Mollie Korth (Kentucky), Maddie Karr (Denver), Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma), and Kyla Ross (UCLA).

Thirty-two female athletes were nominated for this year’s award, which is presented to the most outstanding collegiate senior female gymnast in the country.

The AAI Award is widely considered the Heisman Trophy of Women’s gymnastics. AAI has been awarding this honor for over 30 years.

NCAA head coaches are asked to submit a nomination for the candidate or candidates of their choice. After the initial nominations, the field is narrowed to the top 6 athletes.

Last year’s finalists included Alicia Boren (University of Florida), Brenna Dowell (University of Oklahoma), Sarah Finnegan (LSU), Olivia Karas (University of Michigan), Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA), and Toni-Ann Williams (UC Berkeley).

Finnegan ultimately took home the title of the 2019 AAI Award Winner at the NCAA Championship Banquet, where all finalists are recognized and the winner announced every year.

See below for this year’s list of nominees in alphabetical order.

2020 AAI Award Nominees – *Denotes Finalist

2020 AAI Award Nominees - Part 1
2020 AAI Award Nominees – Part 1

Olivia Aepli – Ohio State

Halli Briscoe – Oregon State

Michaela Burton – Pitt

Sydney Converse – Iowa State

Maddie Desch – Alabama

Ella Douglas – Michigan State

Jovannah East – Bowling Green

Kennedi Edney – LSU*

Shannon Evans – BYU

Lexi Funk – Michigan

Rachel Gowey – Florida

Sierra Hassel – Nebraska

Taylor Houchin – Nebraska*

Amelia Hundley – Florida

Maddie Karr – Denver*

Mollie Korth – Kentucky*

2020 AAI Award Nominees - Part 2
2020 AAI Award Nominees – Part 2

Isis Lowery – Oregon State

Ivy Lu – Minnesota

Tess McCracken – Penn State

Courtney McGregor – Boise State

Maggie Nichols – Oklahoma*

Bria Northrop – TWU

Denelle Pedrick – Central Michigan

Morgan Porter – Mizzou

Missy Reinstadtler – Utah

Evanni Roberson – Washington

Kyla Ross – UCLA*

Anna Salamone – Air Force

Baylee Tkaczuk – Wisconsin (Oshkosh)

Daisy Todd – Temple

Sabrina Vega – Georgia

Jessica Yamzon – Arkansas

Who do you think will take home the 2020 AAI Award?