INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty women, 10 from each NCAA membership division, have been selected as the top 30 honorees for the Woman of the Year award.
Now in its 21st year, the Woman of the Year Award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. Last year’s winner, Justine Schluntz, was an NCAA swimming champion and 2010 Rhodes Scholar from the University of Arizona.
Sharon Beverly, NCAA Woman of the Year selection chair and director of athletics and physical education at Vassar College, described the award as one of the most prestigious honors presented to a female student-athlete each year.
“This award catapults the recipient into the next phase of her life and paves the way for a successful future in any chosen profession,” Beverly said. “When you consider the academic and athletic accomplishments of each of the candidates for this award and the ways they have given back to society, the Woman of the Year honorees are the top echelon of NCAA role models.”
The top 30 honorees were nominated by conference and independent members and represent multiple sports. Three finalists will be chosen from each division to form the nine finalists for the Woman of the Year award
The national winner will be chosen by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and will be announced in an Oct. 16 ceremony in Indianapolis.
The top 30 honorees are:
|Laura Barito||Stevens Institute of Technology||Swimming, Outdoor Track, Cross Country|
|Danielle Blair||University of Alabama at Birmingham||Soccer|
|Michaela Calnan||Bowdoin College||Field Hockey, Ice Hockey|
|Whitney Carlson||North Dakota State University||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Catherine Carr||Holy Family University||Basketball|
|Annie Chandler||University of Arizona||Swimming|
|Diane Da Silva||College of Saint Elizabeth||Basketball, Softball and Lacrosse|
|Audra Egenolf||Southern Methodist University||Swimming|
|Hayley Emerick||Trinity University||Swimming|
|Molly Evan||Carnegie Mellon University||Swimming|
|Kristina Frahm||University of Maryland, Eastern Shore||Bowling|
|Shannon Gagne||University of New Haven||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Stormi Gale||Wingate University||Volleyball|
|Courtney Hammond||Dartmouth College||Skiing|
|Victoria Hansen||West Liberty University||Basketball|
|Nicole Horn||Henderson State University||Swimming|
|Grace Johnson||University of Georgia||Gymnastics|
|Colleen Kelly||Babson College||Field Hockey|
|Elwen Hewenfei Li||Brigham Young University, Hawaii||Tennis|
|Marcia McCord||Ithaca College||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Maya Moore||University of Connecticut||Basketball|
|Alida Müller-Wehlau||Armstrong Atlantic State University||Tennis|
|Samantha Murphy||Grand Canyon University||Basketball|
|Katalin Navarre||Denison University||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Maria Peloquen||University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire||Cross Country and Indoor Track|
|Kelly Phillips||Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Barbara Pocza||Barry University||Tennis|
|Sarah Stephens||Frostburg State University||Tennis and Volleyball|
|Renee Tomlin||Georgetown University||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Kelsey Ward||Drury University||Swimming|