The top 30 honorees for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year award have been named by a committee of representatives from various NCAA schools and conferences. This year a record 452 nominations were submitted for the award.
The Woman of the Year award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
“The Woman of the Year award uniquely gives us the opportunity to honor a group of outstanding female student-athletes who perform at high levels in collegiate athletics while also making significant contributions to their communities and achieving remarkable academic success,” said Karen Morrison, NCAA director of gender initiatives.
The top 30 honorees were nominated by conference and independent members and are representative of multiple sports. Ten honorees were selected from each of the three NCAA divisions.
Three finalists will be chosen from each division to form the nine finalists for the Woman of the Year award. The national winner will be chosen by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics. The recipient of the 20th annual award will be announced during the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event Oct. 17 in Indianapolis.
The 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year was University of Arizona women’s swimming student-athlete Lacey Nymeyer.
The top 30 honorees by conference and division (I, II or III) are:
|Kimberly Abbott||Mathematics/Education||Soccer||Heartland Conference||St. Edward's University||II|
|Hannah Baker||Biology||Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field||Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Wartburg College||III|
|Lauren Bonds||Political Science/ International Studies and History||Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field||Big 12 Conference||University of Kansas||I|
|Cassondra Boston||Accounting||Basketball||Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association||Emporia State University||II|
|Mei Christensen||Psychology||Swimming||Atlantic Coast Conference||University of Virginia||I|
|Audrey Coon||Spanish/ Elementary Education||Rowing||Independent||Western Washington University||II|
|Kelsey Cutchins||Psychology||Field Hockey||Colonial Athletic Association||James Madison University||I|
|Anjuli Demers||Sociology and Psychology||Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field||New England Small College Athletic Conference||Middlebury College||III|
|Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan||Politics||Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field||New England Small College Athletic Conference||Bates College||III|
|Alicia Freese||International Relations||Cross Country, and Outdoor Track and Field||Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Pomona-Pitzer Colleges||III|
|Maria Garcia-Austt||Business Administration and Marketing||Golf||Sunshine State Conference||Nova Southeastern University||II|
|Chelsea Hoff||Exercise Sport Science||Swimming||Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||University of Wisconsin, La Crosse||III|
|Lisa Koll||Biology||Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field||Big 12 Conference||Iowa State University||I|
|Courtney Kupets||Housing||Gymnastics||Southeastern Conference||University of Georgia||I|
|Katie Lyons||Biology||Skiing||Independent||University of Nevada||I|
|Melissa Mackley||Biology||Ice Hockey||Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Gustavus Adolphus College||III|
|Lyndsay McBride||Graphic Design/Studio Art||Golf||Great Lakes Valley Conference||University of Indianapolis||II|
|Caitlyn McFadden||Kinesiological Science||Lacrosse||Atlantic Coast Conference||University of Maryland, College Park||I|
|Kaela Parnell||Biology||Volleyball||American Southwest Conference||Hardin-Simmons University||III|
|Jessica Pixler||English||Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field||Great Northwest Athletic Conference||Seattle Pacific University||II|
|Nicole Pontee||English||Tennis||Liberty League||Vassar College||III|
|Brittany Rogers||Elementary Education||Softball||Southeastern Conference||University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa||I|
|Justine Schluntz||Mechanical Engineering||Swimming||Pacific-10 Conference||University of Arizona||I|
|Alyssa Sliney||Computer Information Systems||Field Hockey||Northeast-10 Conference||Bentley University||II|
|Mary Slinger||Biology||Volleyball||Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference||Concordia University, St. Paul||II|
|Natalja Stanski||Biomedical Science||Soccer||Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Grand Valley State University||II|
|Kyrie Timbrook||Communications||Softball||Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference||Caldwell College||II|
|Stacie Townsend||Business Administration||Softball||Conference USA||University of Texas at El Paso||I|
|Ruth Westby||Environmental Sciences/Political Science||Swimming||University Athletic Associate||Emory University||III|
|Alison Wright||Business Management||Softball||Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)||III|