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Top 30 honorees named for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Honorees selected from pool of 161 conference nominees

The Woman of the Year Selection Committee has announced the Top 30 honorees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Selected from a record 605 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 161 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 14 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including nursing, mechanical engineering, biochemistry, criminal justice, kinesiology, accounting and advertising.

“The 30 honorees selected this year excelled in the classroom and in competition while also remaining committed to serving their peers and communities,” said Suzette McQueen, chair of the Woman of the Year Selection Committee and senior associate commissioner for external relations and strategic marketing/senior woman administrator at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. “These outstanding women represent the thousands of diverse and talented women competing in college sports each year, and we’re proud to recognize their achievements on and off the field.”

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in mid-October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated, and the Woman of the Year will be named this fall.

Nominee Name School Name Division Conference Sports Major
Charlotte Luise Ahrens Arizona State University Division I Independent Triathlon Supply chain management
Former Sun Devils triathlete and two-year team captain Charlotte Ahrens was a founding member of the triathlon team. Ahrens contributed to four consecutive team victories at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships and earned second-place individual finishes in 2017 and 2018. The two-time College Triathlon Coaches Association Division I All-American also represented Germany in international competition. Ahrens graduated summa cum laude, was a two-time CTCA Scholar All-American and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She also was a four-year member of the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Ahrens represented the triathlon team for four years on the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served for two years on the Elite Student-Athlete Advisory Group, focusing on issues of student-athlete nutrition, mental health and excellence.
Nia Akins University of Pennsylvania Division I The Ivy League Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Nursing; Nutrition science
Two-year team captain Nia Akins was a runner-up in the 800 meters at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I track and field championships in 2019. A finalist for the 2020 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, Akins holds two conference records and eight school records. She was awarded Pennsylvania’s 2020 Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Trophy for her achievements in athletics, academics and leadership and earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2020. Akins was a member of the Sphinx Senior Society, Pennsylvania’s oldest honor society; served three years as a Student Nurses at Penn peer advisor; and was a two-year member of Young Quakers Community Athletics, mentoring students in the West Philadelphia community.
Emily Berzolla Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Soccer Mechanical engineering
Midfielder Emily Berzolla contributed to four NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship appearances, including the round of 16 in 2017, and three NEWMAC championships. The 2019 team captain ranked fifth nationally for Division III in single-season assists in 2017, set the MIT single-season record that same year and finished second in team history in career assists. Berzolla was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, garnering first-team honors in 2019 and 2017 and third-team honors in 2018. She was named the female MIT Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2019 and received the 2019 Lauren Tsai Memorial Award for Academic Excellence from the mechanical engineering department. The four-year campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member served as co-president in 2019-20 and founded MIT’s chapter of Step Ahead, providing one-on-one mentorship for children with autism.
Cassidy Boensch Grand Valley State University Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Basketball Biochemistry
Grand Valley State center Cassidy Boensch earned second-team All-America honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association and honorable mention All-America honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2020 after receiving honorable mention honors from both in 2019. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate standout was named conference Player of the Year in 2019 and 2020. Boensch was named 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division II women’s basketball and received first-team Academic All-America honors in 2019. She received the GLIAC Commissioner’s Award twice and was the conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2019 and 2020. Boensch was a two-year member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a two-year member of Lakers Listen peer mentor program, serving as outreach director in 2019-20.
Addison Cantor Florida Southern College Division II Sunshine State Conference Cross Country, Outdoor Track and Field Biochemistry and molecular biology
Distance runner Addison Cantor contributed to fourth-place team finishes at the NCAA Division II women’s cross country south regional in 2018 and 2019. She holds school records in the 3,000-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs for the women’s track team. Cantor earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2020 and second-team honors in 2019. In 2020, Cantor was one of two recipients of the inaugural Florida Southern Hansen Academic Merit Award, recognizing outstanding academic performance that includes notable research, and she has presented at national and regional conferences for her independent research on Parkinson’s disease-related proteins. Cantor is the founder of Charitable Designs, which donates 100% of proceeds to local and national charitable causes. She was a four-year member of Alpha Epsilon Delta health pre-professional honor society, serving as president in 2019-20 and vice president in 2018-19.
Maddi Chitsey-Crisler Lubbock Christian University Division II Lone Star Conference Basketball Exercise sport science: health promotion
Former Lubbock Christian forward Maddi Chitsey-Crisler was a 2020 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Division II College Coaches Association All-American and the 2020 D2CCA South Central Region Player of the Year. In 2019, she helped lead Lubbock Christian to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship title. Chitsey-Crisler was named the Lone Star Conference’s Female Athlete of the Year and became the first player in conference history to be named Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Women’s Basketball Academic Player of the Year in the same season. Chitsey-Crisler graduated summa cum laude and was a 2019-20 Lone Star Conference Academic Athlete of the Year. She also was named Lubbock Christian’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the year for 2019-20. Chitsey-Crisler participated in mission trips to Guatemala, where she helped build homes, and Ukraine, where she visited orphans and facilitated a vacation Bible school camp.
Gina Dello Russo Stevens Institute of Technology Division III Middle Atlantic Conferences Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Mechanical engineering
Sprinter Gina Dello Russo is a 10-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American. She finished second in the 400-meter dash at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and then at the 2019 indoor championships. She was the 2019 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. The two-year team captain holds nine school records, including two relay records. Dello Russo was a 2020 CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American and was recognized for the best mechanical engineering senior design project at Stevens Institute of Technology. She was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honor societies, was selected for the athletics department’s Top of the V Leadership Academy and mentored children at the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club.
Raena Eldridge Texas A&M University, College Station Division I Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Genetics; Animal science
Raena Eldridge earned four College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America All-America honors, including three honorable mention honors in 2017 and 2019, and contributed to four SEC team championship titles. The two-year team captain recorded the fifth-fastest 100-yard backstroke time in school history and the eighth-fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle. Eldridge was the 2020 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year and Texas A&M’s Bill Erwin Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2019 and 2020. She earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and published research in Scientific Reports as first author studying progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Eldridge co-founded Swimmers Promoting Lasting Aquatic Safety and Health Inc., a nonprofit providing free swim lessons to underprivileged children, and served as chief financial officer and vice president. She was also a four-year volunteer for Save Our Streets Ministry, mentoring elementary school girls.
Brittny Ellis University of Miami (Florida) Division I Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Nursing
Miami sprinter Brittny Ellis earned five first-team U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America honors in 2016, 2017 and 2019, and three second-team honors in 2019. The five-time conference individual and relay champion also contributed to indoor conference championships for Miami (Florida) in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Ellis was inducted into the Iron Arrow, the highest honor awarded at Miami (Florida), and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A four-year campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member, Ellis also was a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. Ellis volunteered with Soap for Hope, distributing donated toiletries to the homeless. She became a registered nurse in 2019 and is the first licensed nurse to have competed on a team at Miami (Florida).
Alelee Figueroa Florida A&M University Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Criminal justice: pre-law studies
Alelee Figueroa was the 2019 Mid-Eastern outdoor champion in the hammer throw. The two-time team captain led the team to win the 2018 outdoor conference title and to runner-up team finishes at the 2019 indoor and outdoor conference championships. A member of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, she graduated summa cum laude and had the highest GPA in the MS3 and MS4 Classes of the Florida A&M Army ROTC Rattler Battalion. In 2019, she received the Florida A&M Army ROTC Rattler Battalion Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award. Figueroa served as vice president of the Florida A&M Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, which she helped recharter, and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She was also a two-year member of the Big Bend Filipino-American Association, serving as volunteer lead.
Aly Fowler Spring Hill College Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Biology; Psychology
Catcher Aly Fowler was named to the 2019 all-SIAC first team and contributed to a 2019 conference title for Spring Hill. She batted .391 without committing an error in 2020, maintained a career .348 average and .403 slugging percentage, and was the 2020 Spring Hill Female Senior Athlete of the Year. The summa cum laude graduate earned two-time second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2019 and 2020 and was the 2020 Spring Hill Female Co-Scholar Student-Athlete of the Year. Fowler was awarded the 2020 Spring Hill Rev. Patrick Henry Yancey, S.J., Biology Award and was a member of the Beta Beta Beta national biology honor society and Psi Chi international psychology honor society. A three-year member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she served as vice president in 2019-20 and coordinated fundraising events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the local community, she volunteered at The Learning Tree and L’Arche, working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Alison Gibson University of Texas at Austin Division I Big 12 Conference Swimming and Diving Advertising: media and analytics
Diver Alison Gibson won the 1-meter springboard title at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Gibson also earned third place on the 1 meter and tied for sixth on the 3 meter at the 2019 NCAA championships. The six-time first-team College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America All-American was named the 2017 and 2020 Big 12 Women’s Diver of the Year. She also represented Team USA at the 2017 and 2019 FINA World Championships and the 2017 World University Games. Gibson earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2020. She received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the Big 12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship. A three-year member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as president in 2019-20, Gibson also volunteered with Special Olympics for two years and participated in a service trip to Costa Rica in 2018.
Emily Hageboeck Washington and Lee University Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Accounting
Emily Hageboeck earned 14 College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America All-America honors, including seven first-team honors and three honorable mentions. She contributed to four team conference championships and was named Old Dominion Swimmer of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Hageboeck holds five school records, breaking the record in the 100-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley each year on the team and the 200-yard breaststroke record three of her four years. She earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2020 and third-team honors in 2019. Hageboeck won the 2020 Old Dominion Marge Berkley Award, recognizing the top conference scholar-athlete, and was the Old Dominion Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s swimming in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She was a three-year member of Washington and Lee Student Consulting, including serving as a project lead working with an international health care nonprofit in Nepal, and she served as a peer tutor for accounting students.
Kierstin Hensley West Virginia State University Division II Mountain East Conference Tennis Psychology
Kierstin Hensley earned first-team All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2020 and was the ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year. She contributed to her team’s conference championship titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Hensley was the 2019 West Virginia State Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and she was recognized as the Freshman Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017 and Sophomore Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2018. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Mu national honor society and Psi Chi international psychology honor society. Throughout college, she provided tennis instruction for girls between the ages of 6-18 and served as a peer tutor for students in psychology, biology, physics and chemistry. Hensley also worked as a manager in the West Virginia State Office of Student Life and Engagement, focusing on diversity, facilities management and student programming.
DeAnna Hernandez Texas Lutheran University Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Biochemistry
Former Texas Lutheran outfielder DeAnna Hernandez helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship title after the team finished as regional runner-up the previous two years. In 2019, Hernandez was named to the all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference first team. She graduated summa cum laude and was a 2019 recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average competing at an NCAA championship finals site. Hernandez was named Texas Lutheran’s 2020 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Junior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2019. She was a two-year member of the Pre-Health Professions Club on campus, including serving as president and secretary. Hernandez served as an official representative of the university as secretary on the Black & Gold President’s Council for the 2019-20 academic year.
Jaime Jacob California State University, San Marcos Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association Golf Global business management: marketing
Jaime Jacob was the 2019 NCAA Division II women’s golf individual champion, leading her team to a second-place national finish. She earned first-team Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America honors in 2019 and 2020. Jacob was the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association Female Athlete of the Year and a three-time CCAA Player of the Year for women’s golf. She holds six Cal State San Marcos career records, including scoring average, tournament wins, birdies and eagles. Jacob was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning first-team honors in 2019 and 2020 and third-team honors in 2018. In 2020, she was selected as the College of Business Administration Outstanding Senior for Global Business Management. Jacob served as a team representative on the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2019-20 and coordinated women’s golf team service activities for the 2019 Double Peak Challenge.
Arielle Johnston Salisbury University Division III Capital Athletic Conference Field Hockey Community health
Midfielder Arielle Johnston was the 2020 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year Award finalist for field hockey. The two-year team captain also was a 2019 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III first-team All-American. She was named 2019 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for field hockey. Johnston received a 2019 NCAA Elite 90 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average competing at an NCAA championship finals site, and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She received first-team 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-America NCAA Division III At-Large honors and was recognized as NFHCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Salisbury’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year her senior year. Johnston served on the Student-Athlete Wellness Advisory Team for four years, overseeing the Student-Athlete Mentors program. In the local community, she served as a classroom aide in an after-school program for students in kindergarten through second grade at the Epoch Dream Center.
Stasia Mallin University of Memphis Division I American Athletic Conference Soccer Biomedical engineering
Defender Stasia Mallin was a 2019 United Soccer Coaches first-team All-American and a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, recognizing the NCAA Division I Player of the Year. She ranks first in conference history with 29 career assists and contributed to an American Athletic tournament title for Memphis in 2018 and a regular-season title in 2019. Mallin was team captain and holds the Memphis record for single-season assists by a senior, is second overall in single-season assists and is third in career assists. The summa cum laude graduate earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2019 and second-team honors in 2018, and she was the conference Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2020. A four-year member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she also was a member of Alpha Eta Mu Beta biomedical engineering honors society, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta health preprofessional honors society. Mallin was a four-year volunteer at Target House at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and FedExFamilyHouse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
Annie McCullough Tusculum University Division II South Atlantic Conference Tennis Chemistry: mathematics and solar energy research
Annie McCullough earned first-team NCAA Division II All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in singles and doubles in 2020, ranking second in the nation in doubles and seventh in singles. The 2019 South Atlantic Women’s Tennis Player of the Year helped lead her team to the 2019 conference championship title, and she was named Tusculum’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2018 and 2019. McCullough was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning second-team honors in 2019 and first-team honors in 2020, and was recognized as the South Atlantic Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year both years. She was a founding member of the hydrogen evolution research program at Tusculum, which is designed to develop a catalyst for use in solar energy applications. On campus, McCullough served as a teaching assistant in the organic chemistry laboratory and was a student tutor for chemistry.
Faith McKie Claflin University Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Sport management
Faith McKie won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 400-meter hurdles title and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 2018. McKie also holds the Claflin indoor pentathlon record and earned the Claflin track and field Iron Woman Award in 2020 for going above and beyond. The summa cum laude graduate was the 2020 Claflin Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was a four-year member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as secretary in 2018-19 and was a 2019 inductee into Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. McKie was selected as Miss Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2020 and Miss Claflin University for 2019-20, representing her school and conference at various events. She founded Fit for a Queen, a mentorship program for women at Claflin. She also volunteered at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and for local food banks.
Audrey Miller Loras College Division III American Rivers Conference Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Chemistry
Audrey Miller was a six-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American, and she contributed to a team victory at the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She finished second at the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships and third in the 5,000 meters at the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. She set six school records and one conference record. Miller earned third-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2017 and 2020. She was a 2018 National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduates Grant participant through Rutgers studying extraterrestrial biosignatures, and she presented research at the 2019 Spring American Chemical Society National Meeting. An NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, she also received a 2020 R.J. McElroy Trust Fellowship Award. Miller was a three-year member of a fundraising initiative for the Heitkamp Planetarium, a member of the American Chemical Society and a volunteer in an after-school elementary STEM education program.
Emma Morgan-Bennett Swarthmore College Division III Centennial Conference Volleyball Medical anthropology
Swarthmore middle blocker Emma Morgan-Bennett earned honorable mention American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors in 2018 and honorable mention all-region honors in 2019.  Morgan-Bennett contributed to a quarterfinals run in the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship. She was named a 2020 Marshall Scholar, one of 46 Americans invited to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Morgan-Bennett was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 2020 and graduated with high honors. She was co-president of the Swat Doulas student group and worked as a volunteer doula, serving marginalized populations. She founded Athletics for Diversity and Inclusion, a coalition that centralizes conversations surrounding athletes’ identities and organizes campuswide events, educational programming and community service. Morgan-Bennett also co-founded and served as executive director for Eat at the Table Theatre Company, a nonprofit that allows young actors of color to explore and celebrate race through repurposed and original theater pieces.
Sophie Nick Vassar College Division III Liberty League Basketball Biochemistry
Center and team captain Sophie Nick earned honorable mention Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America honors in 2019. She set the NCAA Division III record of 97.7% for free-throw percentage in a season in 2019. The 2020 Liberty League Player of the Year finished her career with the most rebounds and fourth most points in Vassar history. Nick was a 2020 CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American and the Liberty League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She won the 2020 Olive M. Lammert Book Prize for Excellence in Protein Chemistry and has contributed to five abstracts in scientific journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine in 2018. Nick spent two summers researching mutations causing antibiotic resistance in nontuberculosis mycobacteria and analyzing bacterial genome sequence data. She also volunteered for the Denver chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Erica Ogwumike Rice University Division I Conference USA Basketball Health sciences; Policy studies
Guard Erica Ogwumike earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2020. She helped lead her team to an NCAA tournament appearance after winning the Conference USA championship in 2019. In 2020, Ogwumike became the first student-athlete in conference history to earn Female Athlete of the Year awards back-to-back. She was a 2020 CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American, the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award winner for being Rice’s top female scholar-athlete in 2020, and a 2020 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award finalist. She also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Ogwumike was a three-year member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Rice Black Student Association and Rice African Student Association. She also volunteered for three years at the Texas Medical Center. Ogwumike was selected 26th in the 2020 WNBA draft, and she is currently attending medical school.
Mikayla Pivec Oregon State University Division I Pac-12 Conference Basketball, Outdoor Track and Field BioHealth sciences
Mikayla Pivec earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 2020. The Beavers guard helped lead her team to an Elite Eight run in 2018 and Sweet 16 appearances in 2019 and 2017. She holds the Oregon State record for career rebounds with 1,031, and she is the only player in program history to finish in the top 10 in career points, rebounds and assists. Pivec received first-team CoSIDA Academic-All America honors in 2020 and second-team honors in 2019, and she was the 2020 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A three-year Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member, including serving as volunteer chair, she was co-founder and president of Beavs CARE, which stands for Corvallis Athletes Reaching Everyone. She co-created Selfless Servings, which delivers meals to front-line health care workers and aims to address physician burnout and health care worker stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College (Massachusetts) Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference Basketball, Softball Criminal justice
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda earned honorable mention All-America recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and was named a second-team All-American by D3Hoops.com in 2020. She was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year for softball in 2019 and for basketball in 2020, and she contributed to conference basketball titles in 2019 and 2020. Ramirez-Tejeda had over 1,500 points and 56 career double-doubles for Emmanuel (Massachusetts). In softball, she batted .396, with 18 home runs and an .813 slugging percentage. In 2020, she received Emmanuel’s Andrew Yosinoff Athletic Achievement Award for exceptional senior student-athlete achievement. She earned three CoSIDA Academic All-America nods, with first-team honors for basketball in 2020, second-team honors for basketball in 2019 and third-team honors for softball in 2020. Ramirez-Tejeda was a member of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, representing both the women’s basketball and softball teams. She also coordinated volunteer initiatives for the women’s basketball and softball teams, including reading, mentoring and service programs at a local elementary school and working with local homeless and women’s shelters.
Asia Seidt University of Kentucky Division I Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Kinesiology - exercise science
Asia Seidt is an eight-time College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America first-team All-American, with 21 CSCAA All-America career honors. Seidt was the 2017, 2018 and 2019 SEC champion in the 200-yard backstroke and 2018 SEC champion in the 100-yard backstroke. The 2019-20 team captain holds nine school records. Seidt was the 2020 CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America Female Team Member of the Year, also earning first-team honors in 2019 and third-team honors in 2018. She was a 2019 recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average competing at an NCAA championship finals site. She earned the 2020 H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholar of the Year Award, given to an SEC graduate, and was the 2019 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Seidt was the 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sport Scholar of the Year. Seidt volunteered for three years at Hope Center, a recovery center for alcoholism and substance abuse, and mentored a 10-year-old girl through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She also volunteered for four years with Special Olympics Kentucky.
Lexi Thomeczek The College of St. Scholastica Division III Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Ice Hockey Nursing
Goaltender Lexi Thomeczek was named a 2019 second-team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association and finished her career with the fifth-best save percentage in NCAA Division III history. She contributed to conference runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2020 and was a team captain in 2019-20. Thomeczek holds program records for saves (2,227), wins (45), goals-against average (1.73) and shutouts (18), as well as program single-season records for wins (15), save percentage (.953) and shutouts (7). She was St. Scholastica’s Co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2020, and the first St. Scholastica female student-athlete to be named CoSIDA Academic All-District multiple times in the at-large category. Thomeczek was a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and was a four-year member of the Student Nursing Association. She also volunteered with the Duluth Icebreakers girls hockey club and Courage Kenny Adaptive Sports and Recreation.
Juah Toe West Chester University of Pennsylvania Division II National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Rugby Psychology
Two-year team captain Juah Toe led her team to the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Tier II Championship title. She was a semifinalist for the 2020 MA Sorensen Award, presented annually to the nation’s top women’s rugby player, and earned honorable mention NIRA All-America recognition in 2018. Toe received NIRA All-Academic Team honors in 2020 and 2019. She was selected as a 2019 recipient of the West Chester 1871 Award for high achievement in academics and co-curricular activities and was a semifinalist for the 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. A two-year member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, she served as 2019-20 vice president, and was a two-year member of the Abbe Society honorary women’s service organization. Toe was heavily involved in the West Chester Honors College and Honors Student Association, including serving as the sports and recreation director for two years and as a student leader at the 2018 Honors College Student Symposium.
Laura van der Doorn Southern New Hampshire University Division II Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Sociology
Forward Laura van der Doorn became Southern New Hampshire’s first Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association first-team All-American in program history and also was selected as the NFHCA East Region Player of the Year in 2019. The 2019 Northeast-10 Player of the Year and team captain led Southern New Hampshire to its first NCAA championship appearance. Van der Doorn ranked eighth nationally for goals and 10th in points in 2019. The Southern New Hampshire 2020 Female Athlete of the Year set a program record for career points (89), goals (36) and game-winning goals (9). She was the 2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Scholar-Athlete. Van der Doorn was selected by faculty to intern at a refugee camp in Malawi, assisting in a language classroom and providing academic support. She also served as a teaching assistant for cultural anthropology and the intensive English program, and she was a two-year liaison for Team IMPACT, an organization that pairs children facing serious and chronic illnesses with college athletics teams.