The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2017.
Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school. Each conference office then reviews the nominations from its core member schools (and sponsored sports) and submits its conference nominee(s) to the NCAA. All nominees that compete in a sport that is not sponsored by their core conference, associate conference nominees and independent nominees will be sent to a separate pool to be considered by a committee. Then, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30 – 10 from each division and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics selects the winner from the Top 9.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2017 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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2016 NCAA Woman of the Year
The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year is Margaret Guo, a former Massachusetts Institute of Technology swimmer with dual degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, and biological engineering.
2016 NCAA Woman of the Year highlights
- Margaret Guo named 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year
- 9 finalists named for 2016 Woman of the Year Award
- NCAA names top 30 honorees for 2016 Woman of the Year Award
- Conferences select 2016 Woman of the Year nominees
- 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees named