LSU’s Haleigh Bryant named 2024 AAI Award winner

By Patricia Duffy | April 16, 2024
LSU's Haleigh Bryant at the 2023 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships.
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LSU senior Haleigh Bryant added yet another win to her long list of accolades when she was named the 2024 AAI Award winner on Tuesday.

The 2021 NCAA vault champion received what is considered to be the highest award in NCAA women’s gymnastics. It is given to one outstanding senior every year, with the tradition starting over 30 years ago.

Bryant was up against a long list of 49 other senior athletes, including five other finalists: Luisa Blanco (Alabama), Audrey Davis (Oklahoma), Maile O’Keefe (Utah), Gabby Wilson (Michigan), and Raena Worley (Kentucky).

Bryant is the fourth AAI Award winner from LSU, joining Sarah Finnegan (2019), Ashleigh Gnat (2017), and Susan Jackson (2010). She has numerous titles to her name and has amassed eight perfect scores this season and 18 in her career – the most by any gymnast in LSU history.

Bryant finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the all-around and on vault, as well as fourth on bars, eighth on beam, and seventh on floor.

Bryant was named the 2024 AAI Award winner during Tuesday night’s banquet honoring national qualifiers. The 2024 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships are April 18-20 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.