Toni-Ann Williams, Becomes First Jamaican Gymnast in History to Qualify for the Olympics

Toni-Ann Williams is the first Jamaican female gymnast to represent the country at the Olympics. She is a native of Randallstown, Maryland, and balances her Olympic training regime with her Cal responsibilities. She earned two All-Pac 12 First Team honors, a second West Region Gymnast of the Year award, and her fourth Regular-Season All America title. With a score of 52.931 total at the Olympic test event on April 17, 2016, Williams finished in 38th place overall. On the vault, she scored 14.066, which placed her at 24th in the ranking and was her best score at the competition. Williams also finished among the top 35 athletes on the beam and floor tests. She earned an 11.833 on bars. Justin Howell, Cal and Jamaica team coach said the rigor of the Cal program prepares student athletes for excellence. Howell will go with Williams to the Olympics in Rio as head coach of Jamaica’s National Team.

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