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Top 30 honorees named for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Honorees selected from pool of 161 conference nominees

The Woman of the Year Selection Committee has announced the Top 30 honorees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Selected from a record 605 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 161 nominees by conference offices — the Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 14 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including nursing, mechanical engineering, biochemistry, criminal justice, kinesiology, accounting and advertising.

“The 30 honorees selected this year excelled in the classroom and in competition while also remaining committed to serving their peers and communities,” said Suzette McQueen, chair of the Woman of the Year Selection Committee and senior associate commissioner for external relations and strategic marketing/senior woman administrator at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. “These outstanding women represent the thousands of diverse and talented women competing in college sports each year, and we’re proud to recognize their achievements on and off the field.”

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in mid-October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated, and the Woman of the Year will be named this fall.

Nominee Name School Name Division Conference Sports Major
Charlotte Luise Ahrens Arizona State University Division I Independent Triathlon Supply chain management
Nia Akins University of Pennsylvania Division I The Ivy League Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Nursing; Nutrition science
Emily Berzolla Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Soccer Mechanical engineering
Cassidy Boensch Grand Valley State University Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Basketball Biochemistry
Addison Cantor Florida Southern College Division II Sunshine State Conference Cross Country, Outdoor Track and Field Biochemistry and molecular biology
Maddi Chitsey-Crisler Lubbock Christian University Division II Lone Star Conference Basketball Exercise sport science: health promotion
Gina Dello Russo Stevens Institute of Technology Division III Middle Atlantic Conferences Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Mechanical engineering
Raena Eldridge Texas A&M University, College Station Division I Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Genetics; Animal science
Brittny Ellis University of Miami (Florida) Division I Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Nursing
Alelee Figueroa Florida A&M University Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Criminal justice: pre-law studies
Aly Fowler Spring Hill College Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Biology; Psychology
Alison Gibson University of Texas at Austin Division I Big 12 Conference Swimming and Diving Advertising: media and analytics
Emily Hageboeck Washington and Lee University Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Accounting
Kierstin Hensley West Virginia State University Division II Mountain East Conference Tennis Psychology
DeAnna Hernandez Texas Lutheran University Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Biochemistry
Jaime Jacob California State University, San Marcos Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association Golf Global business management: marketing
Arielle Johnston Salisbury University Division III Capital Athletic Conference Field Hockey Community health
Stasia Mallin University of Memphis Division I American Athletic Conference Soccer Biomedical engineering
Annie McCullough Tusculum University Division II South Atlantic Conference Tennis Chemistry: mathematics and solar energy research
Faith McKie Claflin University Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Sport management
Audrey Miller Loras College Division III American Rivers Conference Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Chemistry
Emma Morgan-Bennett Swarthmore College Division III Centennial Conference Volleyball Medical anthropology
Sophie Nick Vassar College Division III Liberty League Basketball Biochemistry
Erica Ogwumike Rice University Division I Conference USA Basketball Health sciences; Policy studies
Mikayla Pivec Oregon State University Division I Pac-12 Conference Basketball, Outdoor Track and Field BioHealth sciences
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College (Massachusetts) Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference Basketball, Softball Criminal justice
Asia Seidt University of Kentucky Division I Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Kinesiology - exercise science
Lexi Thomeczek The College of St. Scholastica Division III Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Ice Hockey Nursing
Juah Toe West Chester University of Pennsylvania Division II National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Rugby Psychology
Laura van der Doorn Southern New Hampshire University Division II Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Sociology