Jamaica’s Olympic gymnast Toni-Ann Williams won NCAA All-America honours at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships held April 20-21 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.
The trailblazing Jamaican, who attends the University of California Berkeley, also earned second-team All-America honours for the all-around. She becomes the fifth gymnast in school history to be crowned an All-American, with California’s seventh total All-America honour. This latest award makes adds to her legacy as the most decorated gymnast in the history of the university.
The top four gymnasts in each event, including the all-around, in each semifinal session, received first-team honours, while fifth through eighth place winners earned second-team status. Williams finished seventh in semifinal II with a 39.4250, and 13th overall.
Williams, who competed this season coming off an Achilles injury for which she required surgery, topped her previous high of a 39.225, 20th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
“A well-deserved honour for Toni-Ann. She has performed well on four events all season long after coming back from a major injury with her Achilles,” said head coach Justin Howell. “That is not easy to do, especially when you’re a powerful athlete like her. She’s beat up, but she hasn’t let that get in her way. She has continued to belt out some great performances, and we are so proud of her.”
Williams was the best at UCal on bars (9.8875), beam (9.8625) and floor (9.8625) that helped her school to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She also scored 9.8125 on vault. Her bars, beam and floor scores are Cal’s best individual totals at the championships in school history.
During her collegiate career, Williams has won six NACGC/W Regular-Season All-America laurels, two regional Gymnast of the Year titles, seven All-Pac-12 selections, a Pac-12 floor championship, NCAA Regional vault championship and 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honours.