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2011 NCAA Woman of the Year

Laura Barito, Stevens Institute of Technology

 

Laura Barito is the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year

October 16, 2011

Laura Barito -  2011 NCAA Woman of the Year

Laura Barito, a 22-time All-American in swimming and track, two-time NCAA national champion and mechanical engineering graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, is the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Barito, a native of Arkadelphia, Ark., accepted the prestigious NCAA honor at the 21st annual NCAA Woman of the Year awards program Sunday evening in Indianapolis. The award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.

“It definitely puts together everything that I’ve been striving to do for, not even the last four years, but my entire life,” said Barito, who was enveloped in a bear hug by parents Barbara and Tom Barito after her name was announced as the 2011 honoree. “I never really expected to be recognized for the stuff that I’ve done…it always just seemed like it made sense, this was what I am supposed to be doing.

“I think it’s a really neat thing the NCAA is doing recognizing these (women) for what they’re doing.”

Barito earned NCAA titles in swimming (50-yard freestyle) and track (400-meter hurdles) at Stevens Institute, a Division III school in Hoboken, N.J. She said jokingly that “swim meets and track meets never made me this nervous” as she gave a short speech after accepting the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The eight-time Empire 8 conference record holder in swimming was named Conference Athlete of the Week six times in the sport. She also earned Conference Athlete of the Week three times in track, was a four-time Empire 8 champion in track and was the hurdle/sprint team captain. Additionally, she competed in cross country and earned all-conference honors in that sport. She was a nutrition representative and service leader for both the track and swimming teams. Selected twice as Stevens Athlete of the Year, Barito was also named Empire 8 Swimmer of the Year during her career.

“Not a lot of people expected a lot out of me,” Barito said. “I came from a small town in Arkansas, so it was kind of me just going out on a limb expecting I could do something with my college experience in athletics. I think if you have a gift or you have a talent, go for it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Because not a lot of people were telling me I could.”

In her community service work, Barito volunteered as a server at a local homeless shelter and tutored underprivileged school children. At her church, she was a member of the worship band, a greeter and a member of the college ministry team. On campus, she was a freshman orientation leader, a mentor for incoming freshmen, and a member of Stevens Institute’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The mathematics enthusiast appeared on Stevens Institute’s President’s List from 2007 to 2011 and was named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American from 2008 to 2011. CoSIDA/Capital One named Barito to the Academic All-America First Team and the Empire 8 named her a Senior Scholar winner. She was also a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

“Academics definitely came first with me and I was looking for an engineering program with a swim team I could swim for and make a difference,” Barito said. “Division III athletes are really unique, I think, because they’re doing it for the love of the game…It was just a great experience overall.”

Barito is currently in graduate school at the University of Delaware, pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and bio-mechanics. Though she is only in her first year of research, Barito is working on projects that involve the knees, including knee replacements and knee implants. She is also in training for the U.S. Swimming nationals in December.

“Being a student-athlete definitely taught me even more discipline and hard work than I learned even just getting to college through high school and it’s definitely carried with me now,” she said. “I’m still in school, I’m still training, I’m still an athlete, so not much has changed…It’s allowed me to do a lot of things I never thought that I could do.”

Program host Lisa Salters, an ESPN reporter and former Penn State basketball student-athlete, called Barito and the other finalists honored Sunday “amazing and awe-inspiring.”

The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics selected Barito as this year’s NCAA Woman of the Year. A committee of representatives from NCAA schools and conferences selected the nine finalists from a group of 30 honorees. Those individuals were identified from a pool of 142 conference nominees. A record 471 nominations by NCAA-member colleges and universities were initially received this summer.

To be eligible for the award, a female 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. Barito is the ninth swimming student-athlete to be named NCAA Woman of the Year since the program began in 1991. Last year’s NCAA Woman of the Year was Justine Schluntz, a former swimmer from the University of Arizona.

 

NCAA chooses nine finalists for 2011 Woman of the Year

The NCAA has selected nine outstanding women as finalists for the 2011 Woman of the Year award, which will be presented Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

The nine finalists, along with the other honorees who made the Top 30, will be invited to Indianapolis for the Woman of the Year festivities.  The award weekend will include a community service project that gives honorees the opportunity to interact with young girls in the city of Indianapolis and serve as role models for them.  The NCAA will also host a reception in their honor.

The NCAA’s Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.   Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration.  Each conference assesses the eligibility of its members’ nominees and selects at least one student-athlete to represent the conference.    

To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed  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.  The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics selects the national winner from the nine finalists.    

Last year’s NCAA Woman of the Year was Justine Schluntz, a 2010 Rhodes Scholar, swimmer and mechanical engineering major, from the University of Arizona.  

Following are biographies of this year’s Woman of the Year finalists:

 

Division I

Danielle Blair, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Conference USA
Marketing, Management and Industrial Distribution
Soccer
Hometown:  Toronto, Ontario Canada

Excerpt from personal statement:  “As a collegiate athlete, I aspire to apply the skills I have developed through sports – strategizing, organizing and coordinating - to the community in a meaningful way; being competitive in my sport and extending this drive to the development of innovative community learning programs.”

As the founder and organizer of Blazer Buddies Mentoring Program, Blair visited elementary schools with other student-athletes to educate children about healthy lifestyles through athletics.   Blair also served on the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as the chair of the community service and public relations committees.  The soccer team captain also was involved in many community service projects.

A triple major in marketing, management and industrial distribution, Blair achieved a near-perfect GPA, graduated summa cum laude and earned Presidential Honors for her academic achievements nearly every  semester  She was also named UAB’s Most Outstanding Student for both industrial distribution and management.

Additionally, Blair received the Conference USA Academic Medal of Honor and was on the conference’s Academic Commissioner’s Honor Roll. She was inducted into Sigma Delta, Beta Chapter Industrial Distribution Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society and Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.

A member of the Trinidad & Tobago national soccer team, Blair was UAB’s Most Valuable Player and received the UAB Coach’s Award in 2009. Blair was named a UAB Student-Athlete of the Week multiple times.

 

Annie Chandler, University of Arizona
Pacific-12 Conference
Journalism
Swimming
Hometown:  San Antonio, Texas

Excerpt from personal statement: “Honoring your team can be pouring your heart into practice, striving for academic excellence, leading with integrity, or joyfully serving your community. The ability to contribute is an honor. Community service can open an athlete’s eyes to a world beyond sport – a world incomprehensibly grateful for your contributions.”

She’s an NCAA Division I swimming national champion and record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke, but Chandler’s excellence extends well outside the pool.   A Top 12 finalist for the University of Arizona’s Outstanding Senior Awards, Chandler excelled in the classroom, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.  She also served as managing editor of the Tombstone Epitaph, the school’s biweekly newspaper in 2010, and earned First-Team Academic All-American honors by ESPN the Magazine the same year.

A supporter of her community, Chandler has dedicated countless hours to service, visiting with hospital patients, working with underprivileged children and volunteering at numerous swimming clinics to spread her love of the sport.

Chandler was a leader in athletics as well, serving as team captain of Arizona’s swimming and diving team, and helping freshmen transition into their lives as student-athletes as a Peer Athletic Leader.

In addition to her individual national championship in the 100-yard breaststroke, Chandler won six additional national championships in medley relays during her four-year tenure at Arizona.   The 18-time All-American also competed internationally in 2008 and 2010 when she was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

 

Grace Johnson, University of Georgia
Southeastern Conference
Health Promotion & Education
Gymnastics
Hometown:  Aiken, S.C.

Excerpt from personal statement:   “My life-long interest is to serve in underprivileged communities, specifically through missions and non-profit work.   Initially, I thought becoming a medical doctor would best prepare me to fulfill my calling; however, it was my work in the community that led me to realize the cost-effectiveness and great need for preventative medicine and education.”

Johnson knows the true meaning of being a champion, helping the Gym Dogs to three NCAA national championship team titles during her collegiate tenure.   She also earned numerous individual accolades, including the NCAA balance beam title in 2008 and five All-America honors.  

Selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America First Team in 2010, Johnson was also a member of the National Gymnastics Coaches Association All-Scholastic Team from 2007 to 2010. She was named to the University of Georgia Athletics Director’s Honor Roll four consecutive years and earned the highest GPA on the gymnastics team in 2008 and 2009.  In her field of study, she earned a UGA College of Public Health honor student recognition in 2009 and 2010.  She earned the UGA Ramsey Scholarship for Athletic and Academic Excellence, which recognizes the top 10 UGA student-athletes who have the highest GPAs.   

In the community, Johnson taught gymnastics to Special Olympics athletes; was a Bible study leader; collected canned food for a local food bank; and was an intern at Mercy Health Center.   She also served as a student member of the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directions, a mentor for freshmen student-athletes and a member of the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

 

Division II

Victoria Hansen, West Liberty University
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Mathematics Education
Basketball
Hometown:  McKean, Pa.

Excerpt from personal statement: “My experiences and opportunities as a high-profile student-athlete in the West Liberty community have transformed my life. Simply put, I’m not the same quiet little girl who came to this campus with the singular goal of developing my basketball skills. Four years later, I have found my ‘voice’ and grown into an outgoing and confident young woman who is ready to guide future generations as my teachers and coaches have guided me.”

A mathematics education major, Hansen took the lead in the classroom throughout college.   Finishing her degree with a 4.0 GPA, she was the 2010-11 Capital One/CoSIDA College Division Academic All-American of the Year and the 2009-10 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Atlantic Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Hansen dedicated significant time serving the West Liberty community, volunteering as a mathematics tutor and as an after-school counselor for inner-city youth.   Her passion for children shone as she volunteered countless hours to West Liberty-led service days that created physical activity opportunities for youth, including those with physical challenges.   She also supported her fellow West Liberty student-athletes, volunteering as a sports information student assistant, leading the stat crew for all volleyball matches.

On the court, Hansen was a three-time team captain from 2008 to 2011 and was the 2010-11 Daktronics NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year.  She is No. 2 on the West Virginia Conference’s all-time leading scoring list with 2,300 career points and was the nation’s third-leading scorer in back-to- back years during her sophomore and junior seasons.

 

Hewenfei Elwen Li, Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Pacific West Conference
Biology Pre-Professional and Exercise Sport Science
Tennis
Hometown:  Chengdu, Sichuan P.R. China

Excerpt from personal statement:  “Professors from many disciplines and a coach helped me to understand that success is judged not by what others see, but by how one feels.  I have been privileged that those same professors and the coach cared enough about me as a person to push me outside the lab and the gym.  Because of this, I placed myself in situations where I could serve, where I could learn from others and where I could understand how others think and feel.”  

At Brigham Young-Hawaii, Li had a major presence on the tennis court, in the classroom and in the community.   She earned Pacific West Conference All-Academic honors three consecutive years (2009-11) and was the Pacific West Women’s Tennis Scholar of the Year four years in a row.   She was named to the Dean’s List nearly every semester and graduated magna cum laude.

Li was ranked as high as second nationally in singles and earned top honors in doubles competition her freshman and senior seasons.   She helped her team to second place at the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Championships in 2008 and 2010 and a third-place team finish in 2009.  Additionally, she was named the Pacific West Conference Player of the Year and the conference tournament MVP in 2010.   From 2007 to 2011, her record in singles was 105-3 and her record in doubles was 106-4.

Li was a member her school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a volunteer teacher for community junior tennis groups and a volunteer who conducted seminars for elementary students on health and wellness.    She also helped build playgrounds for student housing facilities and helped the BYU-Hawaii Student Association with soccer field renovations.  

As a leader, Li was named vice president of her school’s pre-med club.  She was also a volunteer counselor with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, responding to calls on mental illness issues. 

 

Kelsey Ward, Drury University
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Chemistry and Biology
Swimming
Hometown:  St. Charles, Mo.

Excerpt from personal statement:   “My passion to be a doctor began when I was very young, and that passion has only grown over the years.    My sophomore year of college, my best friend was diagnosed with cancer, and then a second teammate was diagnosed with a brain tumor.   These two experiences validated in me how people’s lives are put back together through the dedication of doctors.”   

Ward earned numerous academic honors while at Drury, including being named to the Dean’s List every semester.  Named Outstanding Freshman in Chemistry, she continued to earn accolades and was named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.   She was a two-time nominee for the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 honor and was a finalist for the NCAA Walter Byers Award.   She also earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and now is studying medicine in Colorado.

Ward, a team captain, helped Drury to three NCAA Division II national championships during her four years.   She also finished in the top 10 at the national championships her senior year in the 50-, 100-, and 200-freestyle events.   She set national records in swimming and was a member of several relay teams that had top finishes.   

Giving back to the community, she helped organize Drury’s annual blood drive; volunteered with Habitat for Humanity; was a meet timer for the Special Olympics; and organized a volunteer walk initiative for a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Light the Night” event.   She was treasurer for the Pre-Health Professions Club; a member of Drury’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; a member of the American Chemical Society; and a member of the Tri Beta Honor Society.

 

Division III

Laura Barito, Stevens Institute of Technology
Empire 8 Conference
Mechanical Engineering
Swimming, Track and Cross Country
Hometown:  Arkadelphia, Ark.

Excerpt from personal statement:  “Someone believed in me four years ago. They believed in me as a student, at a challenging school with a rigorous curriculum. They believed in me as an athlete and gave me resources to grow from an un-recruited swimmer to a National Champion. I leave with a prestigious degree in mechanical engineering and proof that the underdog can surpass expectations.”

A 22-time All-American in swimming and track, Barito is a national champion in swimming (50-yard freestyle) and track (400-meter hurdles) – Stevens’ first national championships.  The eight-time Empire 8 record holder for numerous swimming events was named conference Athlete of the Week nine times during her career.  Barito was the hurdle/sprint team captain for track, as well as nutrition representative and service leader for the track and swimming teams.  Selected twice as Stevens Athlete of the Year, she was also the Empire 8 Swimmer of the Year.

Barito served on the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, volunteered as a server at a local homeless shelter and tutored underprivileged school children.  At her church, she was a member of the worship band, a greeter and a member of the college ministry team.

The mathematics enthusiast appeared on the President’s List from 2007 to 2011 and was named a NCAA Scholar All-American from 2008 to 2011. CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine named Barito to the Academic All-America First Team and the Empire 8 named her a Senior Scholar winner.  Barito, a Stevens Honors Scholar, was also a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

 

Michaela Calnan, Bowdoin College
New England Small College Athletic Conferenc
Neuroscience
Field Hockey and Ice Hockey
Hometown:  Melrose, Mass.

Excerpt from personal statement:  “Throughout my college career I have been presented with extraordinary opportunities and I have been able to follow my passions to the fullest on the field, in the classroom and in my community. While following my passions, I have created a unique identity for myself on campus – I am not just another athlete, scientist, or volunteer. Instead, I think of myself as a well-rounded woman and a contributing member of my community.”
 

A Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar, Calnan was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for ice hockey and field hockey multiple times. The neuroscience major was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic-All American each of her four years at Bowdoin and graduated with honors.

While attending Bowdoin, Calnan served as a McKeen Fellow for Community Engagement for the Center for Common Good from 2009 to 2011. She was the treasurer of Circle K, a community service and leadership program, and she served as a group leader for a middle school mentoring program.  Calnan also participated in a book drive for Ghana and worked a sports station at a Girls and Women in Sports Day event.   She was a member of a committee that organized workshops to help underclassmen gain or refine skills to help them succeed in college, and she was a facilitator for a group that encouraged discussions with women’s athletic teams about sexual assaults and violence.

Calnan led her team to three NCAA Division III field hockey national titles.  As ice hockey team captain, she also received the Seventh Player Award in 2010 and the Christopher Charles Watras Memorial Women’s Ice Hockey Trophy in 2010 and 2011. Calnan was named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team for ice hockey in 2011 and to the NFCHA Second Team All-Region squad in 2010.  In addition, Calnan received an Unsung Hero award for field hockey in 2010.

 

Hayley Emerick, Trinity University (Texas)
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing
Diving
Hometown: Portland, Texas

Excerpt from personal statement: “My academic experience taught me hard work, perseverance, and determination while my athletic experience taught me to set my goals high and to create a plan for reaching them step-by-step.  It has given me patience and the ability to plan well into the future, and I have realized that rigorous preparation, though tough, eventually pays off.”

A six-time All-American, Emerick achieved academic and athletic excellence while a member of Trinity University’s diving team, serving as its captain for the 2010-11 season.  She competed in the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships all four of her years on the team, winning the three-meter diving title in 2010 and placing second in the three-meter and one-meter events in 2011.  She was also an outstanding member of the community, serving the San Antonio and Corpus Christi areas in a variety of capacities, including work for the YWCA, YMCA and Habitat for Humanity.

The summer before her senior year, Emerick spent five weeks in Costa Rica with the Cross Cultural Solutions Volunteer Abroad program.  She worked on marketing development for a small business in the country, while volunteering at a local orphanage and teaching English at a local university.

She excelled in the classroom as a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and was a founding member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity on Trinity’s campus.  She was a 2009-10 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American and is the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

 

NCAA announces Top 30 for Woman of the Year

August 23, 2011

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:

Name Division Conference Institution Sport(s)
Barito, Laura III Empire 8 Stevens Institute of Technology Cross Country, Swimming, Outdoor Track
Blair, Danielle I Conference USA University of Alabama at Birmingham Soccer
Calnan, Michaela III New England Small College Athletic Conference Bowdoin College Field Hockey, Ice hockey
Carlson, Whitney I The Summit League North Dakota State University Indoor and Outdoor Track
Carr, Catherine II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Holy Family University Basketball
Chandler, Annie I Pacific-10 Conference University of Arizona Swimming
Da Silva, Diane III North Eastern Athletic Conference College of Saint Elizabeth Basketball, Soccer and Lacrosse
Egenolf, Audra I Conference USA Southern Methodist University Swimming
Emerick, Hayley III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Trinity University (Texas) Diving
Evans, Molly III University Athletic Association Carnegie Mellon University Swimming
Frahm, Kristina I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conf. University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Bowling
Gagne, Shannon II Northeast-10 Conference University of New Haven Indoor and Outdoor Track
Gale, Stormi II South Atlantic Conference Wingate University Volleyball
Hammond, Courtney I The Ivy League Dartmouth College Skiing
Hansen, Victoria II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference West Liberty University Basketball
Horn, Nicole II Independent Henderson State University Swimming
Johnson, Grace I Southeastern Conference University of Georgia Gymnastics
Kelly, Colleen III New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference Babson College Field Hockey
Li, Hewenfei Elwen II Pacific West Conference Brigham Young University, Hawaii Tennis
McCord, Marcia III Empire 8 Ithaca College Indoor and Outdoor Track
Moore, Maya I Big East Conference University of Connecticut Basketball
Müller-Wehlau, Alida II Peach Belt Conference Armstrong Atlantic State University Tennis
Murphy, Samantha II Pacific West Conference Grand Canyon University Basketball
Navarre, Katalin III North Coast Athletic Conference Denison University Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track
Peloquin, Maria III Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Cross Country and Indoor Track
Phillips, Kelly I Atlantic Coast Conference Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Indoor and Outdoor Track
Pocza, Barbara II Sunshine State Conference Barry University Tennis
Stephens, Sarah III Capital Athletic Conference Inc. Frostburg State University Tennis and Volleyball
Tomlin, Renee I Big East Conference Georgetown University Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track
Ward, Kelsey II Great Lakes Valley Conference Drury University Swimming

 

NCAA announces Woman of the Year conference honorees for 2011

August 4, 2011

More than 140 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across Divisions I, II and III have been selected as 2011 Woman of the Year nominees by their athletic conferences and by independent institutions.

The Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.   2010 Woman of the Year Justine Schluntz was an NCAA swimming champion and 2010 Rhodes Scholar from the University of Arizona.  

Nomination submissions for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year program continue to grow, with a record 471 nominations received for this year’s program, an increase of 19 over last year.   Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration.  Each conference assesses the eligibility of its members’ nominees and selects at least one student-athlete to represent the conference.   To be eligible for the award, a female 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.

With the 142 conference nominees selected, a committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and athletic conferences will select 10 nominees from each of the three divisions to compose the Top 30 nominees, who will be announced in late August.  The selection committee will then narrow the Top 30 to three finalists from each division to form the Top Nine, which will be announced in early September.  From the Top Nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner.   The 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during the Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 16.

 

Record number nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

June 23, 2011

A record 471 college and university nominees were received for the 21st annual NCAA Woman of the Year award that will be presented in October.

The award honors senior female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting their name for consideration. Nominations are received from all three divisions.

Conferences assess each nominee’s eligibility and select one woman to represent their conference. Those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which is tasked with choosing the top 10 honorees in each division.

From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year.

To be eligible for the award, a female 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.

The top 10 honorees per division will be announced in August, followed by the top three honorees by division in September. The top 30 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 16.