IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Austin Hodges has been named a finalist for the 2018 Nissen-Emery Award, the award committee announced Wednesday. The award is given annually to the year’s most outstanding senior collegiate gymnast, both in the gym and in the classroom. Each nominee exemplifies good sportsmanship and fair play while maintaining a high standard of scholarship throughout his college career.
Hodges, a Lincolnshire, Illinois, native is a physical therapy major, three-time College Gymnastics Association All-American Scholar Athlete, and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He is ranked sixth nationally on pommel horse with a 14.417 national qualifying average (NQA), 15th on parallel bars (14.050 NQA), and 35th on high bar (13.417 NQA).
Hodges leads the team on the three events he competes in. He shattered his own school record with a14.700 on pommel horse and notched a team-high 14.250 on parallel bars on Jan. 13 at the Windy City Invitational. His team-high 13.900 on high bar came against Oklahoma on Feb. 10. Hodges has won six event titles so far this season — four on pommel horse and two on parallel bars.
The Hawkeyes host No. 6 Minnesota and No. 11 Air Force at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 11 for Senior Day. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (CT).