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Meet Morgan Price: The First Black HBCU Gymnast To Win A National Collegiate Title

Morgan Price has made history by becoming the first athlete from a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) team to win a national collegiate championship in gymnastics.

Price represented Fisk University at the USA Gymnastics’ 2024 Women’s Collegiate National Championships in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on Friday. With an impressive all-around score of 39.225, Price secured the title and was announced as “the first USAG Collegiate National Champion from an HBCU” by USA Gymnastics.

The journey of the gymnast to achieve this historic victory started when she became a part of the first HBCU intercollegiate gymnastics team at Fisk University in 2023, immediately after graduating from high school. Originally planning to attend Arkansas, Price switched to Fisk to become one of the first gymnasts to represent an HBCU in competitions.

Price’s victory in the USA Gymnastics women’s collegiate all-around competition is an important moment for both the sport and Fisk University. Fisk was the first HBCU to introduce an NCAA gymnastics team, and since then, the team has gained widespread attention, competing on platforms such as ESPN and selling out meets. This marks a significant milestone for HBCU athletics.

“Ever since I was younger, I have always wanted to be an HBCU gymnast,” Price told Sports Illustrated in 2022. “I just never had the opportunity because there wasn’t an HBCU with the gymnastics team. So when I saw this opportunity come up, I was super excited.”

“I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of this team.”

Following Price’s historic win, her team celebrated with a social media post saying, “THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Etch her name in the HISTORY BOOKS.”

Price will compete this Sunday in the Individual Event finals on vault, bars, and floor.

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