April 23, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior gymnast Katie Matusik was named co-Female Senior Student Athlete of the year along with senior swimmer Alyssa Anderson in Monday’s C.A.T.S. Banquet. Awards were given out based on academics, community service, and athletic achievements.
Matusik was honored with the Ruby Award – an honor given to the top female student athlete. Nominated due to her success over the last few years (and her achievements this season especially) Matusik is one of only three gymnasts to ever be up for the prestigious honor, and the second in the program’s history to actually win (Heidi Hornbeek was the other recipient).
“This was an incredibly fantastic surprise. This is such a high honor. I am humbled by this; I feel like it is beyond certain awards that you can achieve, mostly because this is an award picked by such high up individuals that see such phenomenal athletes in every sport.” head coach Bill Ryden said, “This is an honor for the team too; it takes a lot of people in athletics to make a person. I was over the top for the fact that she was nominated in the first place, so the fact she got it is fantastic.”
Matusik earned the award thanks to her third place finish on balance beam at this past weekend’s NCAA National Championships, as well as being named a first-team All-American on beam – the first Wildcat gymnast to do so in several years. Matusik is also a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 honoree on the balance beam, while holding collegiate bests of 9.875 on bars, 9.925 on beam and 9.875 on floor. Other highlights of her career included being the beam champion at the 2012 NCAA Regional Championship in Seattle and earning the 2011 Pac-10 Sportsmanship award.
“To go through the struggles that Katie has experienced throughout her career and come out with such a spectacular senior season as well as such a huge award is incredible. Katie’s career has been a wild ride, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out for her, and for the team,” Ryden said.