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:

Player School Sport
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