California’s senior Toni-Ann Williams was granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA, calbears.com reports. Williams now has two years of eligibility left, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
After having two outstanding seasons with the Golden Bears, Williams tore her Achilles early last season, and sat out the rest of her junior year. Prior to the injury, she had won five event titles to start her junior year, and in 2016, as a sophomore, she led Cal to its first NCAA appearance in twenty-four years.
Williams has a plethora of records and awards. Internationally, she was a 2016 Olympian for Jamaica, the first female gymnast to represent Jamaica at the Olympic Games. In the NCAA, she is the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, the 2015 and 2016 West Region Gymnast of the Year, the 2015 Regional vault champion and the 2016 Pac-12 floor champion. She is also a four-time regular season All-American, floor first team (2015 and 2016), vault first team (2015) and all around second team (2015).
‘I am super excited and grateful to be awarded the opportunity to continue to compete on the collegiate level and represent Cal for another year’, Williams said. ‘There is no other team I would want to share this opportunity with, and I’m really looking forward to competing with my Cal family for two more seasons.’
Cal head coach Justin Howell was equally delighted: ‘We are thrilled to announce that Toni-Ann Williams will be able to return to the Cal Women’s Gymnastics team for the 2018-19 season. Toni-Ann’s positive and infectious attitude, coupled with her experience and leadership, will continue to enrich our team. We are very proud of her desire to further her academic endeavors at the University of California.’
Cal begins its 2018 season on 7 January at the annual five-team NorCal Classic, held at Stanford.