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Top 30 selected for 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Honorees chosen from pool of 151 conference nominees

The Top 30 honorees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award were named by the Woman of the Year selection committee.

The Top 30 honorees were selected from an initial pool of 585 school nominees, a program record. From there, the pool was narrowed by conference offices and a selection committee to move forward 151 nominees for consideration. The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions, and each has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports — including, for the first time, equestrian and rifle — and studied a broad range of academic majors, including neuroscience, anthropology, economics, chemical engineering, political science and communication.

“This year’s 30 honorees are remarkable women, representing well the thousands of women competing each year in college sports,” said Karen Baebler, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and assistant athletics director for sport operations at the University of Washington.  “They have excelled in sports and academics while serving their peers and communities, and we congratulate them for their many achievements.”

In early October, the selection committee will announce the nine finalists, made up of three women from each NCAA division. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

2019 Women of the Year top 30
First Last School Division Conference Sport(s)
Chelsea Abreu Adelphi University Division II Northeast-10 Conference Lacrosse
Tami Alade Stanford University Division I Pac-12 Conference Volleyball
Norah Barnes Notre Dame College (Ohio) Division II Mountain East Conference Soccer
Virginia Elena Carta Duke University Division I Atlantic Coast Conference Golf
Lauren Bondi Smith College Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Basketball
Sabrina Degnan Occidental College Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
Anelise Diener University of Texas at Austin Division I Big 12 Conference Swimming and Diving
Colleen Doolan Tufts University Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Monica Feeley Vassar College Division III Liberty League Field Hockey
Katelyn Gamble Rogers State University Division II Heartland Conference Softball
Kaitlin Hatch West Chester University of Pennsylvania Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Field Hockey
Sarah Herron Concordia University Irvine Division II Pacific West Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Anna Holmquist Wingate University Division II South Atlantic Conference Volleyball
Anna Kamp Calvin University Division III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Volleyball
Deanna Kuzmanic University of Alabama at Birmingham Division I Conference USA Basketball
Cassandra Laios Case Western Reserve University Division III University Athletic Association Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Emma Mandarino University of Georgia Division I Southeastern Conference Equestrian
Marin McCoy Swarthmore College Division III Centennial Conference Soccer
Angela Mercurio University of Nebraska, Lincoln Division I Big Ten Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Christine-Evette Ngeve Shaw University Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Softball, Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
Hannah Orbach-Mandel Kenyon College Division III North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Kristina Ortiz Lynn University Division II Sunshine State Conference Golf
Annie Pankowski University of Wisconsin-Madison Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association Ice Hockey
Annie Rodenfels Centre College Division III Southern Athletic Association Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Gillian Schriever University of Pittsburgh Division I Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Jillian Schulte Cornell College Division III Midwest Conference Volleyball
Ginny Thrasher West Virginia University Division I Independent Rifle
Hailey Tucker Southwestern Oklahoma State University Division II Great American Conference Basketball
Franzi Weidner University of Hawaii, Manoa Division I Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving
Summer Yousif Bales University of California, San Diego Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association Soccer