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1994 NCAA Woman of the Year

Tanya Hughes, University of Arizona


Arizona's Hughes selected NCAA Woman of the Year 

As published in The NCAA News, November 14, 1994

Tanya Hughes

Tanya Hughes, a four-time NCAA high-jump champion from the University of Arizona, was announced as the NCAA Woman of the Year, November 14 in Washington, D.C. Hughes was selected from among 10 national finalists who were chosen by the NCAA Special Advisory Committee on Women's Corporate Marketing. The award recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership. Hughes earned a 3.435 grade-point average (4.000 scale) in interdisciplinary studies at Arizona. She was a three-time Pacific-10 Conference high-jump champion; a member of 1992 U.S. Olympic Team and 1993 World University Games Team; 1992 NCAA Female Athlete of the Year in track and field; a GTE Academic All-American; and the top-ranked American high jumper in 1991 and 1992. She also is a member of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a spokesperson for Arizona's NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Awareness Program, and a member of the University of Arizona Minority Advisory Committee. The 10 finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year were announced at the annual meeting of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators September 18 in San Diego.



The other finalists were Steph Bruening, University of North Dakota; Helen Crook, University of South Carolina, Columbia; Christa Gannon, University of California, Santa Barbara; Holly Humphrey, Ohio State University; Katharina Larsson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Shannon Small, Northwestern University; Tina Stec, University of Iowa; Amy Marie Sullivan, Washington University (Missouri); and Alliniece Taylor, Florida A&M University. Of the 10 finalists, three represented track and field, while volleyball had two candidates. Other sports represented were basketball, swimming, golf, field hockey and tennis. Villanova University track and cross country athlete Nnenna Lynch won the 1993 award while Mary Beth Riley, a track and cross country athlete from Canisius College, won the first award in 1991. Catherine Byrne, a swimmer from Tennessee, was honored in 1992.


State Winners:

  •  Alabama, Tanya Wigley, Volleyball/ basketball, Alabama-Huntsville
  •  Alaska, Julie McHenry, Basketball, Alaska Fairbanks
  •  Arizona, Tanya Hughes, Track, Arizona
  •  Arkansas, Kimberly Mount, Cross country/track, Arkansas
  •  California, Christa Gannon, Basketball, UC Santa Barbara
  •  Colorado, Dana Cash, Volleyball, Northern Colorado
  •  Connecticut, Rose Daley, Soccer, Hartford
  •  Delaware, Karen Manlove, Softball, Delaware
  •  District of Columbia, Nicole Branner, Gymnastics, George Washington
  •  Florida, Alliniece Taylor, Volleyball, Florida A&M
  •  Georgia, Janeen Jones, Track, Georgia Tech
  •  Hawaii, Patti Jayne Brun, Softball, Hawaii
  •  Idaho, Nancy Wicks, Volleyball, Idaho
  •  Illinois, Shannon Small, Field hockey, Northwestern
  •  Indiana, Lisa Hadorn, Volleyball, Ball State
  •  Iowa, Tina Stec, Track, Iowa
  •  Kansas, Rhonda Matzke, Basketball, Washburn
  •  Kentucky, Laura Boswell, Volleyball, Centre
  •  Louisiana, Michele Hyden, Softball/volleyball, Centenary
  •  Maine, Neile Joler, Soccer, St. Joseph's (Maine)
  •  Maryland, Nancy Lentz, Lacrosse, Johns Hopkins
  •  Massachusetts, H. Jane DeLima, Diving, Northeastern
  •  Michigan, Karen Blankespoor, Softball/volleyball, Calvin
  •  Minnesota, Laurie Nelson, Swimming, Minnesota
  •  Mississippi, Vanessa Harris, Basketball/ volleyball, Mississippi Valley
  •  Missouri, Amy Marie Sullivan, Volleyball, Washington (Missouri)
  •  Montana, Shelley Smathers, Cross country/track, Montano
  •  Nebraska, Tracy Nichols, Golf, Nebraska Wesleyan
  •  Nevada, Mary Alice Torgerson, Swimming, Nevada-Las Vegas
  •  New Hampshire, Kelly Jewett, Basketball, Franklin Pierce
  •  New Jersey, Erine Grove, Softball, Trenton State
  •  New Mexico, Susana Tous, Tennis, New Mexico State
  •  New York, Ann Marsh, Fencing, Columbia
  •  North Carolina, Stephanie Ferri, Basketball, Pfeiffer
  •  North Dakota, Steph Bruening, Cross country, North Dakota
  •  Ohio, Holly Humphrey, Swimming, Ohio State
  •  Oklahoma, Kay Gooch, Track, Oklahoma
  •  Oregon, Margo Evashevski, Golf/basketball, Oregon State
  •  Pennsylvania, Mary Allison Williams, Cross country/track, Pittsburgh
  •  Rhode Island, Tracy Carter, Track/soccer, Salve Regina
  •  South Carolina, Helen Crook, Tennis, South Carolina
  •  South Dakota, Heidi Morlock, Basketball, Augustana (South Dakota)
  •  Tennessee, Katharina Larsson, Golf, Tennessee
  •  Texas, Tammi Julch, Basketball Texas, Woman's University
  •  Utah, Amy Timmel, Softball, Utah
  •  Vermont, Kristin Daly, Cross country/ skiing, Middlebury
  •  Virginia, Angie Carrington Murphy, Lacrosse/soccer, Washington and Lee
  •  Washington, Karin Grelsson, Track,  Seattle Pacific
  •  West Virginia, Nicole Mazur, Softball, Bethany (West Viriginia)
  •  Wisconsin, Kristen Maskala, Basketball, Marquette
  •  Wyoming, Kiesa Fornstrom, Swimming, Wyoming