AAI has been presenting the AAI Award to the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country for over the last 30+ years. Some people have stated it is the Heisman Trophy for Women’s gymnastics.

“I have been privileged to be a part of this award for over 15 years,” said Lisa Ebersole, Marketing Manager for AAI. “To watch such a talented pool of athletes, go through the process of such a high caliber award and see the coach’s pride for them is truly inspiring.”

The AAI Award is a coach’s award in which AAI facilitates. Every year the head coaches are asked to submit a nomination for the candidate or candidates of their choice. This year 30 talented athletes were nominated! A number that should not go un-noticed and AAI congratulates all the athletes nominated.

The 2021 AAI Nominees are;

  • Audrey Barber – University of Maryland
  • Alyssa Baumann – University of Florida
  • Cortney Bezold – Eastern Michigan University
  • Nicole Biondi – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Lynnzee Brown – University of Denver
  • Kyla Bryant – Stanford University
  • Sophia Carter – University of Arkansas
  • Nia Dennis – UCLA
  • Sami Durante – Louisiana State University
  • Tori Edwards – Temple University
  • Lauren Farley – University of Michigan
  • Kyana George – University of California, Berkeley
  • Lexi Graber – The University of Alabama
  • Belle Huang – Rutgers University
  • Clair Kaji – The University of Iowa
  • Cairo Leonard-Baker – Arizona State University
  • Ona Loper – University of Minnesota
  • Mia Lord – Northern Illinois University
  • Andrea Maldonado – Iowa State University
  • Abbey Miner-Alder – Brigham Young University
  • Lea Mitchell – Michigan State University
  • Emily Muhlenhaupt – Boise State University
  • Marissa Oakley – University of Georgia
  • Lexy Ramler – University of Minnesota
  • Megan Skaggs – University of Florida
  • Sydney Soloski – The University of Utah
  • Jenna Swartzentruber – The Ohio State University
  • Meredith Sylvia – Auburn University
  • Ava Verdeflor – Penn State University
  • Anastasia Webb – The University of Oklahoma

AAI is proud to support NCAA Gymnastics and recognizes the achievements and dedication of all the AAI Award Finalists as well as all gymnasts within the sport.

About AAI 

Since 1954, American Athletic, Inc. has been manufacturing world-class gymnastics equipment. Headquartered in Jefferson, Iowa, the company operates three facilities totaling over 240,000 square feet and employs about 100 people. AAI is the official supplier and partner to USA Gymnastics and is proud to partner with the Federation Internationale De Gymnastique (FIG) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information on AAI, please call (800) 247-3978 or visit www.americanathletic.com.


Lisa Ebersole

Marketing Manager, AAI/Spalding



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