Susan JacksonLSU Gymnastics – 2009-10 Corbett Award Winner
Susan Jackson, the highly decorated member of LSU’s acclaimed gymnastics team, is the winner of this year’s Female Corbett Award, presented annually to the state’s top amateur athlete by the Allstate Sugar Bowl awards committee.
The award is named for former LSU Athletic Director James J. Corbett, a dynamic leader and collegiate administrator.
Jackson, a native of Spring, Texas, became the first gymnast in LSU history to win the NCAA All-Around national title, capping off her senior season with an individual national title on beam with a 9.9625, a second-place finish on the vault, and a fourth-place finish on the bars at the NCAA Championships in April.
Jackson became the school’s first recipient of the Honda Sports Award for gymnastics as the nation’s top collegiate female gymnast. Jackson was also the recipient of the prestigious AAI Award, given annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast as voted upon by collegiate coaches.
She was also named the 2010 Southeastern Conference and Central Region Gymnast of the Year.
She finished her career with three individual titles, a first for the LSU gymnastics program. Her four First Team All-America honors this year make a total of 12 for her career.
In addition, Jackson is a two-time SEC vault champion and an SEC beam champion, and as one of the nation’s top elite-level performers, she was a four-time member of the USA National Team during her club career.
Jackson is also a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and currently carries a 3.5 GPA during her senior season with a major in sport administration, and she has stated that she would like to join Cirque du Soleil after graduation.
In addition to her school-record performances at the NCAA Championships, she also set the LSU record for all-around titles in a single season. The record of 10 stood for 30 years as it was set by Sandra Smith in 1980, but Jackson captured 11 all-around titles in 14 meets in 2010 to break the record as the final all-around title gave Jackson the national title at the NCAA Championships.
Jackson earned her third straight First Team All-SEC honor after becoming the SEC Vault Champion for the second time in her career (also won it in 2008).
In all, Jackson tallied 45 individual titles in 14 meets – 12 vault titles, 11 all-around, nine bars, seven floor and six beam – to end her career with 74 titles, third most in program’s storied history.
Story submitted by Will Peneguy of the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee.