The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 23rd year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletics achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.
NCAA member institutions from all three divisions nominated their own woman of the year. To be eligible, these women must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in their primary sport.
A total of 455 female student-athletes, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III, were nominated for the 23rd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award.
From nearly 130 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the selection committee chose 30 women – 10 from each division – and then selected three finalists from each division.
From the nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2013 Woman of the Year.
The 2012 Woman of the Year was Elizabeth Phillips − a three-time NCAA Elite 89 Award winner, seven-time All-American and biomedical engineering graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.
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