Congratulations to Gym Dogs star Courtney Kupets, named the 2009 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year as the winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup today in a ceremony at Columbia University in New York. Kupets, the all-time NCAA leader with nine individual championships, is the first UGA athlete to win the cup and only the second gymnast.
Never has the oft-used analogy about raising the bar for those who follow been more applicable than in talking about Kupets’ stellar career. She should provide great inspiration for future UGA gymnasts.
But even with a change in head coaches as Jay Clark takes over from retiring legend Suzanne Yoculan, UGA’s gymnastics program seems up to the challenge. As they like to say in football circles, the Gym Dogs don’t recruit, they reload.