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1993 NCAA Woman of the Year

Nnenna Lynch, Villanova University


Villanova star named Woman of the Year 

As published in The NCAA News, November 15, 1993

Nnenna Lynch 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year

Nnenna Lynch, an all-American cross country and track standout arid summa cum laude graduate of Villanova University, was named the 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year at an awards dinner November 9 in Washington, D.C. Lynch, a Rhodes scholar who graduated with a 3.920 grade-point average (4.000 scale) in sociology, won the 3,000-meter run at the 1992 NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships and placed third at last year's Division I Women's Cross Country Championships. She also was a finalist at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials and helped lead Villanova to four consecutive Division I cross country titles. Lynch was one of 10 finalists for the award presented by Champion Products. It equally weighs an individual's achievements in athletics, academics and community service. the finalists were selected from a pool of 51 regional winners (the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia). Lynch is involved with several community outreach programs, including the Campus Ministry soup kitchen in Philadelphia. She also was a charter member of Athletes Against Alcohol and has been a speaker at local hospitals and youth groups.

"My dream is to open a network of community and after-school centers for underprivileged youth," Lynch told The Associated Press.

Villanova track coach Marty Stern called Lynch "one of the greatest female runners in the history of collegiate track, who is an exceptional student and who also takes the time to help people."

Champion Products donated a total of $15,000 to the women's athletics program at Villanova, including $5,000 for Lynch's selection as a regional winner and $5,000 for her selection as a finalist, as well as $5,000 for her selection as NCAA Woman of the Year. A total of $310,000 in donations was made to the women's athletics programs of the regional winners. 



The other finalists were Christie Allen, Pittsburg State University; Jennifer Carbone, University of Georgia; Sarah Edmonds, Gustavus Adolphus College; Lisa Fernandez, University of California, Los Angeles; Karen Jennings, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Ann Kaljurand, Brigham Young University; Cynthia Elizabeth Oyler, William Smith College; Lisa Pikalek, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Andrea Wieland, University of Iowa. 


Regional Winners:

  • Alaska: University of Aloska Fairbanks, Cherina Loyd, Basketball
  • Alabama:  University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Dana Dobransky, Gymnastics
  • Arkansas: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Blair Savage, Basketball
  • Arizona: Arizona State University, Jennifer Anne Helfrich, Volleyball
  • California:University of California, Los Angeles, Lisa Fernandez, Softball
  • Colorado: University of Colorado, Boulder, Sherrice King, Basketball
  • Connecticut: Fairfield University, Mary Beth Combs, Field Hockey
  • D.C.: George Washington University, Jennifer Shasky, Basketball
  • Delaware: University of Delaware, Elizabeth Coogan, Swimming
  • Florida: University of Miami, Heather Gravlin, Swimming
  • Georgia: University of Georgia, Jennifer Carbone, Gymnastics
  • Hawaii: University of Hawaii, Danelle Haia, Softball
  • Iowa: University of Iowa, Andrea J. Wieland, Field Hockey
  • Idaho: Idaho State University, Jennifer Cannon, Basketball
  • Illinois: University of Illinois, Champaign, Tonja Buford, Indoor/ Outdoor Track
  • Indiana: St Joseph's College, Sheryl Klemme, Basketball
  • Kansas: Pittsburg State University,  Christie Allen, Cross Country/ Track
  • Kentucky: Centre College, Cheryl Hart, Cross Country
  • Louisiana: Northeast Louisiana University, Lisa Hawkins, Track/ Volleyball
  • Massachusetts: Williams College, Sharon H. Glick, Soccer
  • Maryland: Goucher College, Corene Amoss, Basketball
  • Maine: Bowdoin College, Eileen M. Hunt, Cross Country
  • Michigan: University of Michigan, Melinda Gehrs, Swimming
  • Minnesota: Gustavus Adolphus College, Sarah Edmonds, Cross Country
  • Missouri: St Louis University, Jennifer Johnson, Field Hockey
  • Mississippi: Mississippi State University, Aimee York, Volleyball
  • Montana: Montana State University, Anna Beth Wherry, Basketball
  • North Carolina: Western Carolina University, Susan M. Gardner, Cross Country/ Track
  • North Dakota :North Dakota State University, Julie A. Johnson, Track/Cross Country
  • Nebraska: University of Nebraska, Lincoln,  Karen Jennings, Basketball
  • New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire,  Alison Poulin, Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • New Jersey: Seton Hall University, Shana Williams, Track
  • New Mexico: University of New Mexico,  Sharon Browning, Volleyball
  • Nevada: University of Nevada, Los Vegas, Teresa Jackson, Basketball
  • New York: William Smith College, Cynthia Elizabeth Oyler, Field Hockey
  • Ohio: Kenyon College, Jennifer E. Carter, Swimming
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University, Stephanie J. Martin, Golf
  • Oregon: Oregon State University, Margo Ann Evashevski, Basketball
  • Pennsylvania: Villanova University, Nnenna Lynch, Cross Country/Track
  • Rhode Island: Roger Williams College, Terri Welch, Softball
  • South Carolina: University of South Carolina, Columbia, Tiff Tootle, Softball
  • South Dakota: Augustana College, Dana Nielsen, Basketball
  • Tennessee: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tse Lan Lee, Tennis
  • Texas: Texas Tech University, Krista Kirkland, Basketball
  • Utah: Brigham Young University, Anu Kaljurand, Track 
  • Virginia: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Lisa Pikalck,Volleyball
  • Vermont: University of Vermont, Sally Knight, Skiing
  • Washington: Seattle Pacific University, Tosca Lindberg, Volleyball
  • Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Rebecca A. Karls, Indoor/ Outdoor Track
  • West Virginia: Bethany College, Lorraine Ramhoff, Volleyball
  • Wyoming: University of Wyoming,  Scarlett Kay Gustin, Basketball