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Top 30 honorees named for 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Honorees selected from pool of 154 conference nominees

The Woman of the Year selection committee has announced the Top 30 honorees for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Selected from a record 581 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 154 nominees by conference offices — the Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including finance, biochemistry, microbiology, kinesiology, nursing and communication.

“These 30 women have demonstrated outstanding commitment to excelling in the classroom and in their sports while also serving their peers and communities,” said Sherika Montgomery, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and associate commissioner for governance and compliance at The Summit League. “They represent the best and brightest of women competing in college and sports, and we’re thrilled to celebrate them and their achievements.”

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 28 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

2018 NCAA Woman of the Year top 30

Last First School Conference Division Sport(s)
Ayoola Adeoluwa University of Chicago University Athletic Association III Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Berger Sarah Walsh University Great Midwest Athletic Conference II Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer
Bonner Jada Regis University (Colorado) Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference II Lacrosse
Boswell Usevitch Amy Brigham Young University West Coast Conference I Volleyball
Branham Whitney California State University, Chico California Collegiate Athletic Association II Basketball
Clark Sierra Wagner College Northeast Conference I Basketball
Enright Amy University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference III Gymnastics
Fairweather Trisana Claflin University Southern Intercol. Ath. Conf. II Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Freire Vanessa Florida State University Coastal Collegiate Sports Association I Beach Volleyball
Glueck Amelia Illinois Wesleyan University College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin III Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Griffith Kayla Lake Forest College Women's Northern Collegiate Hockey Association III Ice Hockey
Hackett Lauren California Baptist University Pacific West Conference II Volleyball
Halverson Annika Bethel University (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference III Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Hiegert Delaney Newman University Heartland Conference II Softball
Johnson Lily Missouri State University Missouri Valley Conference I Volleyball
Leland Kayla Whitworth University Northwest Conference III Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Leung Jing Harvard University The Ivy League I Swimming & Diving
Littlefield Kirsten University of Mary Washington Capital Athletic Conference III Lacrosse
Lloyd Whitney University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference III Volleyball
MacLean Heather University of Massachusetts, Amherst Atlantic 10 Conference I Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Norton Kami Angelo State University Lone Star Conference II Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Nurse Kia University of Connecticut American Athletic Conference I Basketball
Orji Keturah University of Georgia Southeastern Conference I Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Peters Sidney University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Western Collegiate Hockey Association I Ice Hockey
Poon Jade California State University, Stanislaus California Collegiate Athletic Association II Soccer
Proano Sophia Colorado Christian University Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference II Volleyball
Salamon Haylea Lenoir-Rhyne University South Atlantic Conference II Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Shippy Vanessa Oklahoma State University Big 12 Conference I Softball
Wilhelm Amelia Bates College New England Small College Athletic Conference III Rowing
Wilson Julia Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference III Swimming & Diving