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Meghan Durham | NCAA.com | September 7, 2016

NCAA names top 30 honorees for 2016 Woman of the Year Award

The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee has named the top 30 honorees for the 2016 Woman of the Year Award.

A record 517 school nominees were submitted this year, which was whittled down to 142 conference nominees. The committee selected 30 women from that pool – 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions – representing 13 sports and a host of undergraduate majors, including biology, accounting, criminal justice, education, engineering and computer science.

The top 30 honorees have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

“This year’s top 30 honorees have achieved remarkable things during their time in college,” said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at the University of Georgia. “They are model student-athletes for generations of young women to come, and we are immeasurably proud of their accomplishments.”

The selection committee will name nine finalists – three women from each division – in late September. From the nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2016 Woman of the Year, who will be announced Oct. 16 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

Name Div. School Conference Sport(s)
Acker, Rachael I University of California, Berkeley Pac-12 Conference Swimming and Diving
Balinskas, Tracey II Molloy College East Coast Conference Softball
Blazing, Lauren I Duke University Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey
Bombardier, Rachel III Castleton University North Athletic Conference Ice Hockey, Lacrosse
Chappell-Dick, Hannah III Eastern Mennonite University Old Dominion Athletic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Coyne, Kendall I Northeastern University Colonial Athletic Association Ice Hockey
Ellis-Watson, Taylor I University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Southeastern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Guo, Margaret III Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Hillman, Christina I Iowa State University Big 12 Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kahnweiler, Kim III Bowdoin College New England Small College Athletic Conference Field Hockey
Kiblinger, Elizabeth II Maryville University of St. Louis Great Lakes Valley Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kuhnen, Maia II Clayton State University Peach Belt Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer
Leeper, Bri II West Texas A&M University Lone Star Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Lester, Maurissa II Limestone College Conference Carolinas Basketball
Martin, Lauren II Adams State University Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
McCleney, Haylie I University of Alabama Southeastern Conference Softball
McCormack, Kara I University of Miami (FL) Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving
Monnat, Maggie II Le Moyne University Northeast-10 Conference Lacrosse
Pruden, Cathleen III Mount Holyoke College New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Robinson, Marissa III Kean University New Jersey Athletic Conference Field Hockey
Rohn, Faith II Palm Beach Atlantic University Independent Volleyball
Siebert, Elayna II Carson-Newman University South Atlantic Conference Softball
Spieler, Katie I University of Hawaii, Manoa Big West Conference Beach Volleyball
Steinke, Ruth III Carleton College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Tillo, Emily I Boston University Patriot League Golf
Townsend, Haley III Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Turner, Cameasha I University of Texas, El Paso Conference USA Women's Basketball
Vann, Sasa III SUNY- Buffalo State State University of New York Athletic Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Viti, Amy III Misericordia University Middle Atlantic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Wilson, Channing II California State University, Stanislaus California Collegiate Athletic Association Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

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