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NCAA names top 30 honorees for Woman of the Year Award

The selection committee names 30 honorees for the 2015 Woman of the Year Award

Thirty women have been recognized by the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee as the top 30 honorees for the 2015 Woman of the Year Award.

From a record 480 school nominees, the committee selected 10 women representing each of the three NCAA divisions and 12 different sports.

The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year Award, demonstrating excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

“This year marks the 25th celebration of the Woman of the Year program, and these women continue the tradition of being the best and brightest in college sports,” said Shantey Hill, chair of the selection committee and assistant vice president and senior director of athletics of St. Joseph’s College (Long Island). “This year’s top 30 honorees are outstanding examples for women competing in sports at any level, and we are confident that they will continue to make a difference in the world for many years to come.”

In late September, the selection committee will name nine finalists – three women from each division. The 2015 Woman of the Year, selected by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, will be announced Oct. 18 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

The honorees:

NameDiv.ConferenceSchoolSport(s)
Agbuke, Sune I Big 12 Conference Baylor University Basketball
Alcott, Alison I Ohio Valley Conference Belmont University Soccer
Bogdanovski, Ana III Centennial Conference Johns Hopkins University Swimming and Diving
Buckley, Madeline III Liberty League Hobart and William Smith Colleges Soccer
Cheadle, Lucy III University Athletic Association Washington University in St. Louis Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Clayborne, Cassandra II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Bowie State University Softball
Davis, Supriya III Centennial Conference Swarthmore College Swimming and Diving
Day, Kristin II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Clarion University of Pennsylvania Swimming and Diving
Geer, Margo I Pac-12 Conference University of Arizona Swimming and Diving
Graham, Kelsey III College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Wheaton College (Illinois) Soccer
Grasmeyer, Jenna III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hope College Volleyball
Hanson, Mary II Pacific West Conference California Baptist University Swimming and Diving
Hatch, Lindsay III New Jersey Athletic Conference The College of New Jersey Field Hockey
Jacob, Kim I Southeastern Conference University of Alabama Gymnastics
Leaf, Savanah I Atlantic Coast Conference University of Miami (Florida) Volleyball
Lehman, Kate II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Fort Hays State University Basketball
Lirange, Gina II Northeast-10 Conference Bentley University Field Hockey
MacPhail, Margaret III North Coast Athletic Conference DePauw University Tennis
Matheny, Christina II South Atlantic Conference Wingate University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Maxwell, Alison III New England Small College Athletic Conference Middlebury College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Murdock, Anna III Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Franklin College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Quigley, Colleen I Atlantic Coast Conference Florida State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Reesor, Michaela I Southern Conference Samford University Volleyball
Scandalis, Zoë I Pac-12 Conference University of Southern California Tennis
Skala, Taylor II Great Lakes Valley Conference Rockhurst University Soccer; Basketball
Stewart, Holly I America East Conference University of Maine, Orono Field Hockey
Strampe, Janelle II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Volleyball; Basketball
Surtevall, Rebecka II Great American Conference Arkansas Tech University Golf
Verdoia, Stephanie I Western Athletic Conference Seattle University Soccer
Watts, Ivy II Northeast-10 Conference University of New Haven Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field