Woman of the Year

1999 NCAA Woman of the Year


Demby named 1999 Woman of the Year

For UC Davis track star, award is about 'everything I love to do'

By Kay Hawes, Staff Writer
The NCAA News, November 8, 1999

Jamila Demby, 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year

Jamila Demby, a track and field standout from the University of California, Davis, was named the 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year October 24 at the ninth annual NCAA Woman of the Year Awards Dinner held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Among 10 finalists selected for the award from more than 300 nominations, Demby was recognized for her commitment to academics, athletics and community service.

"This award means a lot to me because it's about everything I love to do," Demby said. "I love to run track, I love school and I love working with kids."

Demby, who will become a first-generation college graduate when she graduates in December with a degree in rhetoric and communications, said much of the credit for her achievements should go to her mother, Deborah Thomas.

"I want to thank my mother for inspiring me to go to college and to get where I am today," she said. "My mother inspired me to go to college so I could get a job I enjoy, since she's never had that opportunity."

Life-saving opportunity

Demby's mother also unknowingly provided her daughter with a chance to demonstrate her character at an early age. Demby had just won her first all-America title at the NCAA Division II championships her freshman year when she learned that her mother was dying of kidney failure.

Even though it would have meant the end of her running career and possibly the end of her college career as well, Demby volunteered to give her mother a kidney. Only days before the surgery, another donor match was found and Demby went back to her life as a student-athlete.

"She's always been a good, happy child," Thomas said of Demby. "Even though she was an only child, she was never selfish. She always shared her toys. She's just a wonderful person. I can totally trust her, and I'll feel very proud when she graduates. That will mean a great deal to me."

Demby has been on the honor roll at UC Davis from 1995 to 1999, and she was the 1995-96 recipient of the Bloss Scholarship.

Demby was an indoor track and field All-America pick in the 1,600-meter relay in 1998 and 1999. In outdoor track and field, she was an all-American in the 800 meters in 1996, 1997 and 1999, and she was an all-American in the 1,600-meter relay in 1998 and 1999. A first-team all-conference pick in the 400 meters in 1996 and 1997, she also was all-conference in the 800 meters in 1996 and 1999. She also took home the university's Women's Track and Field Most Inspirational Award in 1996 and 1999.

Demby's work in the community as a student-athlete has been so fulfilling that she plans to continue it into her professional life. Someday she would like to work in an outreach program mentoring disadvantaged children.

"I just enjoy it," she said of her community service. "I have fun. I get something out of it. But I feel like I'm giving back, too."

Demby volunteered as a Special Olympics coach, instructed physically challenged youth in track events at the ACT Games and instructed junior-high students at the Jacobs Track Clinic. She also participated in various food and clothing drives, organized an event at the Shriner's Hospital and was awarded the university's Outstanding Senior Leadership Award in 1999.

Even with all of those accomplishments, Demby was surprised with her selection as 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year.

"This was really unexpected," she said. "I'm so surprised and happy. I really appreciate this award, and I really appreciate getting an award for doing all the things I love to do."

Even without a prepared speech, Demby was well-received by the audience of nearly 700, which gave her a standing ovation when the award was announced.

"I just didn't think much of my own chances," she said. "I was just in awe of everybody else. It was just a pleasure to be up there with everyone who has accomplished so much."



1999 NCAA Woman of the Year Finalists

Erin Baxter

Erin Baxter, a midfielder at Florida, was captain of the Gators' Division I women's soccer team, the 1998 champions who defeated North Carolina, a 14-time winner of the title.

An all-America first-team and second-team choice throughout her career, Baxter also was a member of the Umbro Select College All-Star Classic in February.

"Being a captain of a national championship team was a great leadership experience and gave me the chance to have a lot of responsibility," Baxter said. "The teamwork and dedication it took to play soccer are things I will need the rest of my life."

A member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Baxter earned recognition as the 1999 GTE Academic All-American of the Year for fall/winter 1998-99. Baxter also took home the Tracy Caulkins Award, given to Florida's top graduating female student-athlete.

Baxter coached a girls' under-13 soccer team and organized a soccer challenge event to raise money for the Florida senior class gift to the school. Baxter volunteered with the Goodwill Gators all four years at Florida, visiting children in the hospital, working the Jerry Lewis telethon, speaking to young people about goal setting and participating in the NCAA Youth Education through Sports program for inner-city children.

Jamila Demby

Jamila Demby, a seven-time all-American in indoor and outdoor track at UC Davis, faced an unusual decision following her freshman season.

A first-generation college student, Demby had just won her first all-America title at the NCAA Division II championships when she learned that her mother was dying of kidney failure. Even though it would end her running career, Demby volunteered to give her mother a kidney and was scheduled for surgery. Only days before the surgery was to have occurred, another donor match was discovered and Demby resumed her life as a student-athlete.

Demby went on to earn a spot on the dean's list at UC Davis, where she also served as track and field team captain. She also committed herself to the community, serving as an instructor for physically challenged youth and teaching coaches for the Special Olympics.

"A former team captain of the track team once told us that competing in track is like climbing a mountain," Demby said. "While the ultimate goal is to reach the top, she stressed the importance of learning from and enjoying all the things we as athletes encounter along our journey upward. I compare my overall experience as an active student-athlete to her analogy."

Suzanne Eastman

Suzanne Eastman, a soccer defender at Dartmouth, was a GTE Academic All-American and an academic all-Ivy Group pick in 1997 and 1998. Eastman also published an environmental studies paper in the spring 1999 issue of World Outlook. As team captain, Eastman led the Big Green to an Ivy Group title last year. The team also advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round for the first time in school history.

Eastman volunteered three hours a week visiting the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, and she also served as a speaker for a drug- and alcohol-awareness program in high schools. Eastman also spent two hours a week as a Book Buddy, encouraging reading.

Eastman also is the volunteer coach of the Lightning, an under-19 girls soccer team that won the New Hampshire Tournament of Champions. Now an assistant coach at Stanford University, Eastman hopes to launch a program pairing Stanford student-athletes and East Palo Alto children.

Jaimee Heffner

Jaimee Heffner, a multisport student-athlete at Washington and Jefferson, was the Division III women's national champion in javelin in 1997. An all-conference competitor her entire career in javelin, Heffner also excelled in volleyball, where she was an outside hitter, and in soccer, where she was a defender.

Jayna Mathieu, a track and cross country student-athlete at St. Olaf, is the NCAA Division III women's champion in the 1,500-meter run (both in 1998 and 1999). The seven-time all-American and 13-time conference champion has earned 11 varsity letters.

Heffner, a Phi Beta Kappa at Washington and Jefferson, was named to honorary societies in both majors (psychology and sociology) in addition to her recognition as a GTE All-American.

Theresa Marie Lang

Theresa Marie Lang, a basketball player at North Dakota State, had an unusual interruption to her senior year. In January, while the season was in full swing, she was diagnosed with cancer. She received her first of six chemotherapy treatments at the Rochester Mayo Clinic, resuming classes a week later and playing a week after that. The team captain, Lang played all season while battling the disease, averaging 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds a game.

The previous year she was honorable mention on the 1998 Kodak Women's DII Bulletin, averaging 17 points per game and 4.5 rebounds, leading North Dakota State to a 22-6 record.

Lang didn't let the cancer keep her from her academic goals. While traveling back and forth from Fargo, North Dakota, to Rochester, Minnesota, for chemotherapy -- along with keeping all her other commitments -- Lang achieved a 4.000 grade-point average for the spring semester. She graduated on time in May with a degree in business administration, and she is a recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

In spite of the cancer, Lang continued her community-service work, serving as a counselor for the NDSU Bison Buddy Youth Basketball Program and serving as a biweekly volunteer for the "Get into the Game" reading program. All four years in college, Lang volunteered once a month in the "Say No to Drugs" elementary school program.

"After church one Sunday, 11-year-old Tessa congratulated me on our team's Saturday night victory," Lang recalled. "Her face gleamed with excitement and admiration as she recited play-by-play action of my personal highlights from the game. I was absolutely shocked and honored by the impression I had made on Tessa's life.

"When I reflect on my four years at North Dakota State, I am most proud of being a positive role model for girls like Tessa. I have been fortunate enough to develop relationships with young people in my community where I have helped them grow as athletes and as people.

"I hope that my personal commitment to academics and athletics has served as a guide for young student-athletes. Whenever young people ask me how much time I spent practicing each day to receive a college basketball scholarship, I tell them only half as much time as I spent studying for school."

Jayna Mathieu

Mathieu graduated magna cum laude with distinction from St. Olaf. A Phi Beta Kappa, Mathieu earned a fellowship to implement an independent project focusing on welfare reform education.

"My decision to strive for excellence in academics and athletics translated into a personal resolution to improve the lives of people in poverty," Mathieu said. "I believe that my athletics involvement prepared me to undertake this project; my participation in collegiate sports helped me become more confident and driven."

Mathieu coached Special Olympics for two years, and she taught English as a second language to young people. She served as an unpaid Legal Aid intern, and she also worked on the election commission at St. Olaf, supervising student elections and writing election guidelines. Mathieu received a national grant for a student-recognition project in her role as treasurer for Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honor society.

Charlotte Davis Quesada

Charlotte Davis Quesada, a rower at Virginia, took home a series of NCAA championships with Virginia's second varsity eight in 1998 and 1999. Quesada, named Virginia's "Rookie of the Year" in 1996, was a non-recruited athlete.

Quesada pursued an interdisciplinary studies program in Spanish, environmental studies and Latin American relations, graduating with distinction from Virginia. Quesada received the Jettie Hill Award as the Virginia women's athlete with the highest four-year academic average.

"As a non-recruited athlete, academics were my top priority and my reason for choosing the University of Virginia," Quesada said. "I never expected to be a rower, but crew taught me how to be a team player and a champion. It enriched my life in every sense, providing friendships, structure and ambition."

Quesada served for three years as a student-athlete mentor (SAM) working with peers in substance-abuse prevention. A SAM Leadership Council officer the last two years, Quesada was honored this past year as the 1999 student-athlete mentor of the year. She received the Ernest Ern Award for outstanding contributions to student life at Virginia, and she received an Atlantic Coast Conference Top Six Award for service to the university and to Charlottesville communities.

"Volunteerism balanced the stresses of academics and athletics and provided gratifying results," Quesada said.

Emily Stauffer

Emily Stauffer, a midfielder on Harvard's soccer team, took a sabbatical from school and soccer her junior year to donate bone marrow for the second time to her brother, Matt, who was battling leukemia, a fight he ultimately lost.

After Matt's death, Stauffer returned to school and soccer for her senior season, leading her team to a 12-5-1 record and an NCAA tournament bid. A four-time all-American, Stauffer was a two-time finalist for the Hermann Trophy, honoring the most outstanding collegiate soccer player.

Stauffer graduated from Harvard with honors in January 1999. A government major, Stauffer also was a two-time GTE Academic All-American.

Stauffer credits her success to her brother, Matt, who didn't live to see her achieve many of her goals.

"It was my older brother who showed me the value of commitment. Not just to one thing, but to many -- to family, to school, to sport, to sharing yourself with others, to making a difference," Stauffer said. "Two years his junior, all I ever wanted to do was what he was doing. Since he was doing it all and working so hard, the way he paved for me was an easy one to follow.

"It was not until my brother was in the hospital battling leukemia that I think either of us realized the impact sports had on our lives. For two and a half years, my brother and my family battled the cancer; although we lost in the end, we knew that each of us had played a good game.

"And although facing the rest of my life without my brother by my side sometimes seems as difficult as playing soccer without a ball, I learned from him and through my participation in sports that there is always a reserve of strength to be found deep within you, and that there is always another game to play."

Trina Steines

Trina Steines, a track and cross country student-athlete at Wartburg, won the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division III outdoor championships in 1998 and placed second in 1999. A 10-time individual conference champion (indoor and outdoor) in the 1,500 and 800 meters, Steines also was a three-time all-conference performer in cross country, leading Wartburg to two conference championships in cross country.

"Being involved in numerous activities both throughout college and high school, I learned the importance of being a good role model," Steines said. "A person who is athletically gifted does not always receive the label 'a good role model.' To me, a good role model is the person who interacts with the community, shows compassion toward others and makes time for others."


White-McCarty, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in communications at Purdue, was the 1998-99 GTE Academic All-American of the year and the 1999 Wade Trophy winner, which goes to the nation's most outstanding player (based on athletics, academics, leadership, community service and sportsmanship). White-McCarty also is a three-time academic all-Big Ten Conference selection.

White-McCarty walked horses carrying disabled children in THE CHAPS program (Therapy, Health and Education through Children and Horses as Partners ) for three years. White-McCarty also participated in activities for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), served as a celebrity waitress at the Indianapolis Planet Hollywood to raise money for child-abuse prevention, and gave a number of unpaid speeches to high-school students at athletics banquets and camps.

A former coach and assistant coach of an under-18 girls AAU basketball team and an under-16 girls basketball team, White-McCarty recently launched her very own full-scale basketball camp at a high school in Indiana.

"While many people choose to focus all their energies on their sport, I found it much more rewarding to expand my horizons and test the boundaries of what I could accomplish," White-McCarty said. "I set high expectations of myself on the basketball court, and in the locker room as a co-captain, but I also expected myself to excel as a student in the classroom and as a Purdue student-athlete in the community. Fortunately, I was able to meet those expectations. And hopefully, I have set an example for others who will follow me."


State Winners:

  • Alabama: Leah Bridges Taylor, University of South Alabama, Soccer
  • Alaska: Sonnet Farrell, University of Alaska Anchorage, Volleyball
  • Arizona: Rikke Ulslev Pedersen, Northern Arizona University, Cross Country/Track
  • Arkansas: Jessica Ann Field, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Volleyball, Track
  • California: Jamila Demby, University of California, Davis, Track
  • Colorado: Heather O'Brien, Colorado College, Track
  • Connecticut: Emily K. Rauscher, Wesleyan University, Swimming
  • Delaware: Kelly Cawley, University of Delaware, Field Hockey
  • District of Columbia: Vendula Kurcova, American University, Volleyball
  • Florida: Erin Baxter, University of Florida, Soccer
  • Georgia: Carol Lynn Houston, Georgia Institute of Technology, Track
  • Hawaii: BlytheJeanne Y. Itoman, University of Hawaii, Manoa, Basketball
  • Idaho: Brandy Mamizuka, Boise State University, Volleyball
  • Illinois: LeAnn Loucretia Genzel, Illinois Wesleyan University, Volleyball
  • Indiana: Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue University, Basketball
  • Iowa: Trina Steines, Wartburg College, Cross Country/Track
  • Kansas: Deandra Doubrava, Emporia State University, Track
  • Kentucky: Sarah Blossom, Eastern Kentucky University, Cross Country/Track
  • Louisiana: Emily Elizabeth Bonner, Centenary College, Volleyball/Softball
  • Maine: Kristen S. Doughty, Bowdoin College, Soccer/Lacrosse
  • Maryland: Nicole Aunapu, U.S. Naval Academy, Soccer
  • Massachusetts: Emily Stauffer, Harvard University, Soccer
  • Michigan: Melissa Pryor, Michigan State University, Field Hockey
  • Minnesota: Jayna Mathieu, St. Olaf College, Cross Country/Track
  • Mississippi: Amanda Lorraine Lee, Delta State University, Cross Country/Swimming
  • Missouri: Jennifer Martz, Washington University, Volleyball
  • Montana: Christine Rae Otte, Montana State University-Bozeman, Track
  • Nebraska: Tara Buzzell, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Softball
  • Nevada: Carissa M. Meyer, University of Nevada, Basketball
  • New Hampshire: Suzanne P. Eastman, Dartmouth College, Soccer
  • New Jersey: Monica Bradley, Drew University, Field Hockey/Lacrosse
  • New Mexico: Rachel Duncan, New Mexico State University, Golf
  • New York: Lisa M. Krug, William Smith College, Lacrosse/Soccer
  • North Carolina: Jennifer Ann Wiggins, Mars Hill College, Cross Country
  • North Dakota: Theresa Marie Lang, North Dakota State University, Basketball
  • Ohio: Dawn Reinhardt, Wittenberg University, Volleyball
  • Oklahoma: Kala Freeman, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Golf
  • Oregon: Kaarin E. Knudson, University of Oregon, Cross Country/Track
  • Pennsylvania: Jaimee Heffner, Washington and Jefferson College, Track/Volleyball/Soccer
  • Rhode Island: Gladys Ganiel, Providence College, Cross Country/Track
  • South Carolina: Sara J. Henrichs, University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, Volleyball
  • South Dakota: Debby Volkers, Augustana College, Track
  • Tennessee: Kathy Pesek, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Diving
  • Texas: Nikki Cockrell, University of Texas at Austin, Softball
  • Utah: Sarah Elizabeth Street, Brigham Young University, Swimming
  • Vermont: Sarah K. Ferland, St. Michael's College, Basketball
  • Virginia: Charlotte Davis Quesada, University of Virginia, Rowing
  • Washington: Lisa D. Smith, Seattle Pacific University, Gymnastics/Track
  • West Virginia: Kristina Behnfeldt, Marshall University, Basketball
  • Wisconsin: Chari Nordgaard, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Basketball
  • Wyoming: Jami R. Laya, University of Wyoming, Volleyball

1998 NCAA Woman of the Year


Boutilier named 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year

The NCAA News, October 26, 1998
By Kay Hawes, Staff Writer

Peggy Boutilier 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peggy Boutilier, a senior lacrosse and field hockey student-athlete at the University of Virginia, was named the 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year at the eighth annual NCAA Woman of the Year Awards Dinner at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis October 18.

The award recognizes young women in intercollegiate athletics for their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community service.

Robin Roberts, ESPN and ABC sports commentator and anchor, shared the evening's master of ceremonies duties with 1992 Olympic gold medal swimmer Summer Sanders, who hosts Nickelodeon's game show "Figure it Out" and serves as a sideline reporter with the Lifetime Television Sports Team covering the WNBA.

In an evening themed, "Heroes in Life," the NCAA also honored and celebrated the achievements of all 51 state nominees for Woman of the Year, giving special recognition to the 10 finalists.

The awards dinner also featured a special video presentation honoring last year's winner, swimmer Lisa Ann Coole of the University of Georgia. Coole was killed in an automobile accident earlier this year. Coole had become the first swimmer in Georgia history to earn seven first-team all-American awards.

An ESPN broadcast on December 10 at 1 p.m. (EST) will feature highlights from the awards dinner.

A 'chance to give back'

Boutilier plans to share both her love for learning and her love for sports when she begins her career teaching elementary school children.

"I am truly honored to be here," Boutilier said as she accepted the award. "I'm really excited about getting my master's degree in education because it's my chance to give back to children what I've been so lucky to receive."

Boutilier is enrolled in a five-year program at Virginia and will graduate next year with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a master's degree in elementary education.

She says she is happiest when she's busy, and her experience as a two-sport student-athlete, involved leader and dual-major student ought to prepare her for her future.

"I love working with children," she said. "And every day is different. In the elementary classroom, you teach science, math, reading and all kinds of different things. It lets you be creative, and you have to be on your toes," she said.

Boutilier is used to being on the run. She has excelled at two varsity sports on two teams ranked No. 1 in the same year, and she was the first student-athlete in school history to be voted by her teammates as the Most Valuable Player on two teams the same year.

As team captain, she led Virginia's lacrosse team to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 1998 and a runner-up finish in the NCAA championship. She set a school record with 71 consecutive starts in lacrosse. In 1998, she led the team in scoring as a defender, scoring 37 goals. Boutilier is a member of the 1998 U.S. National Lacrosse Team, and she was named Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Player of the Year for two straight years.

Boutilier also served as Virginia's field hockey team captain and was selected its most valuable player in 1997. She was a south regional all-American, and she started in a school-record 88 games. She also led the team to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in school history. Boutilier also was a 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival gold medalist in field hockey.

Boutilier was named Virginia's Outstanding Female Athlete for 1997-98 for her accomplishments in lacrosse and field hockey.

"Her work ethic and the balance she has in her life enable her to do all that," Virginia's field hockey coach Missy Sanders told The Baltimore Sun. "It's difficult to maintain the level of skill she has in field hockey when you only play half a year. It's the same thing with lacrosse, but she makes a real commitment to what she does."

Boutilier's commitment to academics is also apparent. A GTE Academic All-American in 1996 and 1997, Boutilier has been honored with Virginia's prestigious Gray-Carrington Scholarship, which is awarded to a Virginia student who excels in the areas of personal integrity, achievement, leadership and humility.

She's also the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Weaver-James Corrigan Scholarship and the National Association of College Directors of Athletics Preseason Games Scholarship. Boutilier has a 3.600 grade-point average (on a 4.000 scale), and she was the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Scholar-Athlete of the year for 1997-98. Boutilier was also selected to "Live on the Lawn," an honor reserved for only the most accomplished students at Virginia.

"She likes to be busy," Virginia lacrosse coach Julie Myers told The Washington Post. "The amazing thing is that with all the things that she was involved in, nothing was ever hurt because of her involvement with something else. She does a great job balancing all the things that she does. She never cut any corners. I don't think most people could do all the things she does, and she ends up doing so well."

Boutilier is also committed to serving and leading others. She has tutored students in public school, and she's a founding member of Virginia's Student Council Athletic Student Affairs Committee, which promotes interaction between athletes and the entire university community. She also has received the Virginia athletics department's Ernest Ern Award for outstanding contributions to student life. A member of the Student-Athlete Mentor Council at Virginia, Boutilier was named the Outstanding Student-Athlete Mentor for 1997-98.

Last year Boutilier was president of the Captain's Council, a panel of all Virginia team captains, and a representative on the athletics department's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Committee. Boutilier is also a member of Virginia's Raven Society, which recognizes excellence in academics and school service, and a member of Virginia's IMP Society, which recognizes unselfish contribution to the improvement of student life.

This year, Boutilier is student-teaching as she prepares for her career in elementary education. She says she would also like to pass on her love for lacrosse and field hockey to young people by coaching on the high-school level. She credits athletics for teaching her many of the values she now holds -- including sportsmanship, dedication, perseverance and team work.

"I started playing sports in the sixth grade," she said, recalling her first attempt at lacrosse. "I've never played anything but team sports, and I just love working toward a common goal."

Whatever goal Boutilier sets, she's likely to achieve it. "She's the most outstanding person I've ever had the opportunity to work with," Myers said. "(Her teammates) call her 'Perfect Peggy' because there's nothing she can't do. But she has worked at it. Everything doesn't just fall her way. She takes charge of situations and creates all of her own success."

In spite of her success, Boutilier was surprised when her name was called. "It's something I never would have thought I could win," she said. "I'm overwhelmed to be chosen from all these outstanding scholar-athletes."

This year more than 400 NCAA member institutions submitted nominations for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which is presented by Rawlings.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have participated in an NCAA-sponsored sport, be a varsity letter-winner, have a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of at least 2.500 on a 4.000 scale and have completed intercollegiate eligibility by the end of the 1998 spring season.

A committee made up of representatives from NCAA member institutions selected the 51 state winners, then selected 10 finalists. The 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year was selected from among the finalists by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics.



  • Maria Abatjoglou, Tennis, Kansas

    Maria Abatjoglou excels academically, and she has applied the same type of zeal to her efforts on the tennis court for Kansas. Her team reached the final round of the 1998 NCAA team competition and was the regional team champion.

    Abatjoglou won the singles title at the Washington Invitational and earned second place at the 1997 Ohio State Invitational.

    A two-time first-team GTE Academic All-American, Abatjoglou served as president of the Kansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years and was a member of the KU Athletic Corporation Board. She also has done volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and the Social Service League.

  • Kellee Booth, Golf, Arizona State

    A member of three Arizona State NCAA championship women's golf teams, Booth also finished fourth individually at the 1998 tournament.

    Booth received the 1997-98 Honda Award for Golf and also was named the 1998 Marilyn Smith Award Winner, an honor that goes to the top female college senior golfer in the nation.

    An NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient, Booth also has chaired the student-athlete advisory council and served as a student-athlete representative to the intercollegiate athletics board. She also has raised funds and assisted with public relations activities for the All Saints Catholic Newman Center.

  • Merritt Booth, Gymnastics, Alabama

    Merritt Booth is an experienced NCAA championships competitor. As captain of the Alabama gymnastics team, she led the squad to a third-place finish in the 1998 championships. She also helped Alabama finish first in 1996, second in 1995 and ninth in 1997.

    A three-time first-team all-American and three-time second-team all-American, Booth also is a four-year all-academic choice.

    Booth also has instructed young gymnasts at the Alabama Gymnastics Camp, worked with handicapped children at the Stallings Rise Center, and helped raise money for Project Angel Tree, which purchases and delivers holiday gifts.

  • Peggy Boutilier, Lacrosse/Field Hockey, Virginia

    As team captain and most valuable player in lacrosse, Peggy Boutilier led Virginia to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 1998 and a runner-up finish in the NCAA championship.

    A member of the 1998 United States National Team, Boutilier twice was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Player of the Year.

    She also was Virginia's field hockey captain and most valuable player, leading the team to its first NCAA semifinal appearance.

    She received the university's Gray-Carrington Scholarship, awarded to a student who excels in the areas of personal integrity, achievement, leadership and humility.

    Boutilier also is a founding member of the university student council's athletics student affairs committee, which promotes interaction among athletes, other students and the entire university community.

  • Amy Steele Gant, Volleyball, Brigham Young

    Amy Steele Gant won just about every available Western Athletic Conference volleyball honor during her career at Brigham Young.

    She was named WAC Player of the Week seven times, 1997 WAC Tournament most valuable player, 1997 first team all-WAC and 1997 WAC Player of the Year. She was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year twice, in 1995 and 1997, and this year was invited to play on the U.S. National Volleyball team.

    In addition to her WAC athletics honors, Gant also was an all-WAC academic selection in 1995 and 1997.

    She organized the Brigham Young volleyball team's participation in food drives and visits to retirement homes, and she also taught weekly church youth classes. In addition, Gant volunteers at volleyball clinics for youth groups.

  • Heather Heitsenrether, Field Hockey, Wooster

    As a sweeper for Wooster's field hockey squad for four years, Heather Heitsenrether earned first-team all-American honors in 1997 and was a second-team selection in 1996.

    Heitsenrether was named North Coast Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 1997 and played in the North/South All-Star Game the same year.

    In 1998, Heitsenrether won the NCAC Scholar-Athlete Award and the David Guldin Award for the Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete.

    At Camp Milestone, Heitsenrether helped emotionally disturbed children. She also was a church school teacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church and volunteered in the classroom to help autistic children.

  • Nada Kawar, Track and Field, UCLA

    Nada Kawar has gone the distance in the NCAA championships, the World Championships and the Olympics. She finished third in the shot put in the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a personal best throw of 58 feet, 4 1/2 inches, and she also placed sixth in the discus.

    Kawar represented Jordan in the shot put at the World Championships in 1997, and she placed 24th in the 1996 Olympics, also competing for Jordan.

    A 1998 first-team GTE Academic All-American, Kawar also is a member of the UCLA Pre-Med Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. She worked as a camp counselor and coach at the UCLA Throwing Camp for three summers and has spoken to several youth groups.

  • Katherine Kearns, Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field, Northwest Missouri State

    An outstanding runner for Northwest Missouri State, Katherine Kearns won the three-kilometer indoor race at the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association conference championships in 1997 and 1998 and was a member of the conference champion 4 x 800 relay team in 1994 and 1995. She also won the outdoor 10-kilometer conference championship in 1998 and was an NCAA Division II cross country all-American in 1996 and 1997.

    A two-time GTE Academic All-American, Kearns also was named a United States Track Coaches Association Division II cross country all-academic choice.

    She was a two-year president of the Northwest Student Dietetic Association and completed several undergraduate research projects. At the senior center meal-site lunch program, Kearns assisted the elderly, and she also visited residents at the Parkdale Manor through the Adopt-A-Grandparent program.

  • Janina Morusiewicz, Volleyball, Barry

    Janina Morusiewicz is a member of Barry's 1995 Division II national championship team and the 1997 national runner-up team. Her sister, Marya, also a volleyball player at Barry, was a Woman of the Year finalist in 1996. Janina was team captain and was named to an NCAA regional tournament team in 1997.

    Morusiewicz was selected the university's 1997-98 outstanding biology major and won Barry's Female Scholar/Athlete of the Year honors twice.

    She was named a GTE Academic All-American in 1997-98 and graduated in May 1998 as a pre-veterinary student with a minor in chemistry.

    During her senior year, Morusiewicz volunteered at the Dade Animal Clinic, tutored in the biology mentor program, and was a campus tour guide. She also has worked as the publicity coordinator for the campus hunger awareness committee.

  • Anne West, Rowing, Iowa

    Anne West began her rowing career at Iowa as a freshman walk-on, but by 1997 she had been named an all-American. She was a member of the fours team, which placed fourth in the 1997 NCAA championships, and served as team captain during the season.

    She was the volunteer coordinator for the women's rowing team for two years and a member of the Women's intercollegiate Sports Council.

    During the summer of 1997 and the following term, she worked as a student academic adviser for the Iowa's Office of Orientation, leading classes for entering students during orientation programs. West also spent time reading to a kindergarten class once a week in the Rock and Read program and visited with residents at the Ecumenical Towers Retirement Center.


State Winners:

1997 NCAA Woman of the Year Logo

  • Alabama: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Merritt Leigh Booth, Gymnastics
  • Alaska: University of Alaska Anchorage, Zuzana Razusova, Skiing
  • Arizona: Arizona State University, Kellee Anne Booth, Golf
  • Arkansas: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Christy Smith, Basketball
  • California: University of California, Los Angeles, Nada Mufid Kawar, Track
  • Colorado: University of Colorado, Boulder, Kelly Elizabeth Smith, Cross Country, Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Connecticut: Quinnipiac College, Tara Thibeault, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Basketball
  • Delaware: University of Delaware, Liza Shoemaker, Lacrosse
  • District of Columbia: Catholic University, Janet Muckenthaler, Track, Cross Country
  • Florida: Barry University, Janina Lara Morusiewicz, Volleyball
  • Georgia: Emory University, Alicia K. Moore, Basketball, Volleyball, Track
  • Hawaii: University of Hawaii, Manoa, Nicole Cockett, Basketball
  • Idaho: Boise State University, Johnna Evans, Gymnastics
  • Illinois: Eureka College, Sarah E. Gohl, Basketball, Tennis
  • Indiana: Ball State University, Jennifer Brown, Field Hockey
  • Iowa: University of Iowa, Anne West, Rowing
  • Kansas: University of Kansas, Maria Abatjoglou, Tennis
  • Kentucky: University of Kentucky, Beth Leake, Diving
  • Louisiana: Louisiana State University, Amy McClosky, Gymnastics
  • Maine: University of Southern Maine, Heather B. Gilmour, Field Hockey
  • Maryland: College of Notre Dame (Maryland), Emily Kristina Yanero, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis
  • Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Shannon M. LeBlanc, Field Hockey
  • Michigan: Alma College, Marisa K. Proctor, Swimming & Diving
  • Minnesota: Gustavus Adolphus College, Rebecca Wold, Basketball, Track, Cross Country
  • Mississippi: Millsaps College, Heidi Hudlow, Soccer
  • Missouri: Northwest Missouri State University, Katherine Ann Kearns, Cross Country, Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Montana: University of Montana, Skyla R. Sisco, Basketball
  • Nebraska: Creighton University, Carrie Welle, Basketball
  • Nevada: University of Nevada, Lisé Mackie, Swimming
  • New Hampshire: Colby-Sawyer College, Kim-Laura Boyle, Soccer, Lacrosse
  • New Jersey: Princeton University, Amy Elizabeth MacFarlane, Field Hockey, Lacrosse
  • New Mexico: New Mexico State University, Anna Jane Eathorne, Golf
  • New York: Ithaca College, Heidi Nichols, Volleyball, Track, Basketball
  • North Carolina: Fayetteville State University, Reeshemah Parkinson, Volleyball, Softball
  • North Dakota: North Dakota State University, Andrea Jeseritz, Track
  • Ohio: College of Wooster, Heather K. Heitsenrether, Field Hockey
  • Oklahoma: Oral Roberts University, Heidi Miller, Volleyball
  • Oregon: Oregon State University, Deanne Droegemueller, Gymnastics
  • Pennsylvania: Allegheny College, Jennifer Erdos, Swimming
  • Rhode Island: Brown University, Margaret Gardel, Rowing
  • South Carolina: Newberry College, Lovee T. McKinney, Basketball
  • South Dakota: Northern State University, Nadya Wiedrich, Track
  • Tennessee: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Leslie Ann Henley, Track
  • Texas: University of Texas at Austin, Vera S. Ilyina, Swimming & Diving
  • Utah: Brigham Young University, Amy Steele Gant, Volleyball
  • Vermont: Middlebury College, Kathryn Masselam, Cross Country, Outdoor Track
  • Virginia: University of Virginia, Peggy Boutilier, Lacrosse, Field Hockey
  • Washington: Seattle Pacific University, Lisa Marie Malmin, Track
  • West Virginia: Bethany College, Kathleen M. McGowan, Swimming, Cross Country, Track
  • Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Lace Elly Van Zeeland, Track, Cross Country
  • Wyoming: University of Wyoming, Molly Cochran, Cross Country

1997 NCAA Woman of the Year


Coole named NCAA's Woman of the Year

The NCAA News, October 27, 1997


Lisa Ann Coole 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year

Lisa Ann Coole, a record-setting swimmer at the University of Georgia, was named 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year October 19.

Coole received the award at the seventh annual NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

"This is just amazing," Coole said. "This is nice closure to what has been a wonderful career. It recognizes what the college experience was all about -- academics, athletics and service.

"Everyone was so deserving and I feel for the committee because it had to make a very tough decision. All the nominees are winners."

Coole emerged from more than 400 nominees to win the award. A special selection committee chose 51 state winners, including the District of Columbia, and narrowed the field to 10 national finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics selected the Woman of the Year from the 10 finalists.

The Woman of the Year award honors academic and athletics excellence as well as community service and leadership.

Coole graduated from Georgia with a 3.620 grade-point average while majoring in biology. She was a two-time NCAA champion and 26-time all-American during her four-year swimming career at Georgia. She also won gold, silver and bronze medals at the World University Games in 1995 and has been named to two national swim teams.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Coole was an active volunteer throughout her college career. She was involved with the Athens-Clarke County mentor program and an Athens-area homeless shelter for three years and twice was a volunteer for National Student-Athlete Day.



1997 NCAA Woman of the Year Finalists

  • Shelly L. Bartlett, gymnastics, Nebraska: 1997 individual all-around champion in the Big Twelve Conference ... 1997 female student-athlete of the year at Nebraska ... Earned all-America honors in the bars, vault and all-around ... Majored in secondary education/social sciences ...Volunteered for D.A.R.E., People's Mission City, Malone Community Center, No Guns/Know Guns, Omaha Literacy Council and "School is Cool" Jam ... Received Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship and Herman Team GPA Award.
  • Sara Bloom, rowing, Bucknell: Winner of two Patriot League gold medals ... Team captain for two years ...Two-time US Rowing collegiate all-American ... Second-place finish in women's intermediate eights at the 1996 American Rowing Championships ... Majored in biology ... Volunteered as coach and academic tutor ... Member of Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa national academic/leadership honor societies.
  • Virginia Bolenbaugh, gymnastics, Seattle Pacific: National champion at 1996 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Nationals ... Five time all-American ... Majored in religious studies and educational ministry ... Member of Seattle Pacific student-athlete advisory committee and Alpha Kappa Sigma honor society ... Volunteer for Athletes in Action and as companion for elderly ... 1997 USA Gymnastics national-championship team member.
  • Lisa Ann Coole, swimming, Georgia: Won the 100-meter butterfly at the 1996 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and was a member of the national-champion 200-meter freestyle relay team in 1995 ... Majored in biology ... Three-time all-American ... Glamour Magazine's Top-10 College Women in America ... Volunteer for Athens-area homeless shelter and Salvation Army ... Participated in 1995 World University Games.
  • Julie Anne Roe, basketball, Millikin: Majored in American studies ... Women's Basketball Coaches Association Kodak All-American ... Named most outstanding player in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin two times ... President of Alpha Lambda Delta honorary fraternity and vice-president of Delta Delta Delta ... Member of provost's internal athletics review team ... Volunteer English teacher ... Named Millikin Scovill Scholar ... Member of NCAA Division III sectional all-tournament team.
  • Ann Sieckert, volleyball, Augustana (South Dakota): An emergency medical technician and student coach ... Majored in nursing/biology ... Listed in 1997 Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities ... Named most valuable player/player of the year in the North Central Conference in 1996 ... First-team all-American ... Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Natasha W. Taylor, basketball, West Texas A&M: Named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Female Athlete of the Year ... Member of the university's student-athlete advisory committee and Alpha Chi honor society ... Majored in kinesiology ... Named most valuable player in the Lone Star Conference ... Volunteer for Camp Fire Girls and Meals on Wheels ... GTE Academic All-America and Kodak All-American first team.
  • Stacey Williams, track, soccer and basketball, Wilmington (Ohio): Holder of the Wilmington record in the 400-meter relay ... Two-time recipient of the Presidential Award in basketball ... Participant in the Umbro Select Senior Bowl Game ... Named the Ohio Player of the Year in 1996 ... Majored in physical education ... Volunteer for Head Start ... Named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-American team in Division III ... GTE Academic All-America.
  • Meredith P. Willard, gymnastics, Alabama: Helped Alabama win the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships team title in 1996 and also won the all-around championship ... Named the gymnast of the year in the Southeastern Conference in 1997 ... Runner-up in the national all-around competition in 1997 ... Named Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1997 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... Recipient of NCAA postgraduate scholarship ... Majored in marketing ... Volunteer for Salvation Army and Project Angel Tree ... First-team GTE Academic All-America ... Member of Alabama student-athlete advisory committee ... Four-time scholastic all-American.
  • Wendy L. Wolff, softball, Wisconsin-Parkside: Named to the 1997 NCAA all-tournament team ... Advocate for Surviving Sexual Assault ... Softball clinic instructor ... Player of the year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference ... Two-time first-team all-American ... Majored in English ... Volunteer for Homeward Bound ... Named to Great Lakes Valley Conference all-academic team.


State-Level Winners

1997 NCAA Woman of the Year Logo

  • Alabama: Meredith P. Willard, Gymnastics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • Alaska: Elena Tkacheva, Gymnastics, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Arizona: Leah Marie O'Brien, Softball, University of Arizona
  • Arkansas: Megan Flowers, Cross country, track and field, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • California: Kimberly S. Haskell, Soccer, University of California, Davis
  • Colorado: Narcisa Sehovic, Skiing, University of Denver
  • Connecticut: Cheryl Simmons, Field hockey, Sacred Heart University
  • Delaware: Carol J. Marquez, Tennis, Delaware State University
  • District of Columbia: Joyce Luncher, Swimming, Catholic University
  • Florida: Casey Jo Custer, Track and field, Florida State University
  • Georgia: Lisa Ann Coole, Swimming, University of Georgia
  • Hawaii: Angelica Ljungquist, Volleyball, University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Idaho: Lynne Hyland, Volleyball, University of Idaho
  • Illinois: Julie Anne Roe, Basketball, Millikin University
  • Indiana: Jennifer Renola, Soccer, University of Notre Dame
  • Iowa: Jennifer Ann Peters, Cross country, track and field, Loras College
  • Kansas: Belinda Ann Hope, Track and field, Kansas State University
  • Kentucky: Christina R. Brown, Cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Western Kentucky University
  • Louisiana: Becky Ann Gibbs, Swimming, Louisiana State University
  • Maine: Kara Jean Patterson, Cross country, outdoor track, Colby College
  • Maryland: Rachel A. Barnes, Lacrosse, field hockey, College of Notre Dame
  • Massachusetts: Kirsten S. Paquette, Indoor and outdoor track, Williams College
  • Michigan: Betsy J. Haverkamp, Cross country, track and field, Calvin College
  • Minnesota: Rebekah R. Ormsby, Cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Augsburg College
  • Mississippi: Ta'Mika R. Roddy, Cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Jackson State University
  • Missouri: Kirsten Bernthal, Volleyball, Truman State University
  • Montana: Greta V. Koss, Basketball, University of Montana
  • Nebraska: Shelly L. Bartlett, Gymnastics, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Nevada: Marianne Vallin, Tennis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • New Hampshire: Lori Monroe, Tennis, track and field, Colby-Sawyer College
  • New Jersey: Lisa R. Giaconia, Cross country, track and field, St. Peter's College
  • New Mexico: Heather Lynn Turner, Basketball, Western New Mexico University
  • New York: Katherine B. Maynard, Volleyball, softball, State University College at Potsdam
  • North Carolina: Susan Stogner, Volleyball, basketball, Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • North Dakota: Kasey Morlock, Basketball, North Dakota State University
  • Ohio: Stacey Williams, Soccer, track and field, basketball, Wilmington College
  • Oklahoma: Jenny Bramer, Basketball, track and field, University of Oklahoma
  • Oregon: Jessica L. Trippet, Basketball, Portland State University
  • Pennsylvania: Sara A. Bloom, Rowing, Bucknell University
  • Rhode Island: Amy Schauble, Softball, Rhode Island College
  • South Carolina: Jessica Nora Nixon, Swimming, University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • South Dakota: Ann Sieckert, Volleyball, Augustana College
  • Tennessee: Tracy Margaret Bonner, Swimming and diving, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Texas: Natasha W. Taylor, Basketball, West Texas A&M University
  • Utah: Christl Hager, Skiing, University of Utah
  • Vermont: Amy DiAdamo, Lacrosse, soccer, Middlebury College
  • Virginia: Erin Hamm, Soccer, Randolph-Macon College
  • Washington: Virginia Bolenbaugh, Gymnastics, Seattle Pacific University
  • West Virginia: Kristin Ann Quackenbush, Gymnastics, West Virginia University
  • Wisconsin: Wendy L. Wolff, Softball, University of Wisconsin, Parkside
  • Wyoming: Jesseca H. Cross, Basketball, track and field, University of Wyoming

1996 NCAA Woman of the Year


Winsett-Fletcher is Woman of the Year

Nebraska volleyball player is sixth winner of award

The NCAA News, October 14, 1996


Billie Winsett-Fletcher 1996 NCAA Woman of the Year

Billie Winsett-Fletcher, a member of the 1995 NCAA national-championship volleyball team from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has been selected as the NCAA Woman of the Year.

Winsett-Fletcher received the award at the sixth annual NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner October 6 in Kansas City, Missouri. The award honors academic and athletics excellence as well as community service and leadership.

Winsett-Fletcher was chosen from 333 entries. A special selection committee chose 50 state winners plus a winner from the District of Columbia and then narrowed that field to 10 national finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics chose the winner from that field.

"Even though we all come from different sports and different backgrounds, there is a commonality that we all share," Winsett-Fletcher said of the state winners. "And I think we all wish we could be on the same team participating in the same sport, whatever sport that might be. It would be an awesome team."

She praised the Woman of the Year program, saying the purpose goes beyond individual recognition.

"I hope that this entire Woman of the Year effort encourages other women to become active in meeting community needs," she said. "It is nice to see how the winners have excelled in all three areas (academics, athletics and community service). But doing for others is what really counts."

Winsett-Fletcher achieved a nearly perfect grade-point average at Nebraska, where she majored in secondary education and competed as an outside hitter on the women's volleyball team. She was named to the all-tournament team after Nebraska's Division I victory in 1995 and was a two-time all-Big Eight Conference selection.

A native of Booneville, Indiana, Winsett-Fletcher was an active volunteer throughout her college career. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteered with several children's programs, such as the Malone Community Youth Center and the Behavioral Skills Program. She spoke to school assemblies and at special events, including Nebraska's "School is Cool" Jam, which attracts 14,000 middle-school students each year.

Previous winners were Rebecca Lobo, University of Connecticut, 1995; Tanya Hughes, University of Arizona, 1994; Nnenna Lynch, Villanova University, 1993; Catherine Byrne, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1992; and Mary Beth Riley, Canisius College, 1991.



The other finalists were Mary-Alice Brady, Boston College; Amy S. DeVasher, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Kristi Kloster, University of Kansas; Marya Morusiewicz, Barry University; Kathleen Nichole (Nikki) Nicholson, University of Georgia; Jenni Rademacher, North Dakota State University; Annette Salmeen, University of California, Los Angeles; Samantha Salvia, Old Dominion University; and Katie Smith Ohio State University.


State-Level Winners:

  • Alabama: Amy S. DeVasher, Swimming and diving, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • Alaska: April Blajeski, Rifle, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Arizona: Jennifer A. Dalton, Softball, University of Arizona
  • Arkansas: Nika Harmon, Soccer, cross country, track and field, Hendrix College
  • California: Annette Salmeen, Swimming and diving, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Colorado: Kelly A. Cobb, Basketball, University of Denver
  • Connecticut: Jennifer M. Rizzotti, Basketball, University of Connecticut
  • Delaware: Lesley Etherson, Tennis, Delaware State University
  • District of Columbia: Joline Staeheli, Cross country, track and field, Georgetown University
  • Florida: Marya Morusiewicz, Volleyball, Barry University
  • Georgia: Kathleen Nichole (Nikki) Nicholson, Volleyball, University of Georgia
  • Hawaii: Dianna C. Cervantes, Cross country, University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Idaho: Tricia Bader, Basketball, Boise State University
  • Illinois: Susan Edwards, Basketball, Western Illinois University
  • Indiana: Lisa Barg, Tennis, Ball State University
  • Iowa: Tricia Wakely, Basketball, Drake University
  • Kansas: Kristi Kloster, Cross country, track and field, University of Kansas
  • Kentucky: Tina Johnson, Diving, University of Kentucky
  • Louisiana: Kristy Savoie, Gymnastics, Louisiana State University
  • Maine: Darcy Storin, Cross country, track and field, Bowdoin College
  • Maryland: Michele Mohlman, Field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, Goucher College
  • Massachusetts: Mary Alice Brady, Track and field, Boston College
  • Michigan: Cherokee Hoaglund, Basketball, Adrian College
  • Minnesota: Amy Doherty, Track and field, University of St. Thomas
  • Mississippi: Kimberly A. Curry, Cross country, track and field, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Missouri: Ginny Hoefer, Cross country, track and field, Northeast Missouri State University
  • Montana: Carla Beattie, Basketball, University of Montana
  • Nebraska: Billie Winsett, Volleyball, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Nevada: Judith Fraser, Cross country, track and field, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • New Hampshire: Nathalie Geeris, Soccer, Franklin Pierce College
  • New Jersey: Sylvia Watson, Volleyball, Seton Hall University
  • New Mexico: Elena Shadrina, Basketball, Western New Mexico University
  • New York: Jodi Carter, Field Hockey, Syracuse University
  • North Carolina: Sharon C. Moore, Field hockey, lacrosse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • North Dakota: Jenni Rademacher, Basketball, North Dakota State University
  • Ohio: Katie Smith, Basketball, track and field, Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma: Stacy Coffey, Basketball, Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon: Robin Unger, Track and field, volleyball, Portland State University
  • Pennsylvania: Jill Atshuler, Lacrosse, Lehigh University
  • Rhode Island: Meribah Dean, Volleyball, Bryant College
  • South Carolina: Michelle Graham, Volleyball, basketball, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg
  • South Dakota: Siri Johnson, Softball, Augustana College
  • Tennessee: Michelle Marciniak, Basketball, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Texas: Jennifer Clarkson, Basketball, Abilene Christian University
  • Utah: Angie Bandy-Donahue, Basketball, track and field, University of Utah
  • Vermont: Astri Syse, Skiing, University of Vermont
  • Virginia: Samantha Salvia, Field hockey, Old Dominion University
  • Washington: Michelle L. Church, Softball, University of Washington
  • West Virginia: Kelly Hindman, Soccer, basketball, Bethany College
  • Wisconsin: Arlene Meinholz, Track and field, basketball, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • Wyoming: Lynn Carlson, Swimming, University of Wyoming

1994 NCAA Woman of the Year


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 

1993 NCAA Woman of the Year


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

NCAA announces school nominees for 2015 Woman of the Year

NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 480 female student-athletes – the most ever in the history of the program – for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

School nominees for 2015 Woman of the Year

First Name Last Name School Sport(s)
Rebecca Acevedo Palm Beach Atlantic University Volleyball
Tiffanie Adair Virginia State University Basketball
Cynthia Adams Lebanon Valley College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Abbigale "Kalei" Adolpho University of Hawaii, Manoa Volleyball; Basketball
Sune Agbuke Baylor University Basketball
Courtney Albritton Valdosta State University Softball
Alison Alcott Belmont University Soccer
Mary Mclain Alexander Maryville College (Tennessee) Tennis
Callie Alford Georgia State University Softball
Maria Allocco Nazareth College Volleyball; Basketball
Mariana Alvarado Nava University of Maryland Eastern Shore Bowling
Megan Amanatides Meredith College Soccer
Arielle Anahory Eckerd College Soccer
Kendall Anderson Newman University Golf
Glenna Andrews Lewis & Clark College Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field; Rowing
Hannah Arbach Mount Holyoke College Rowing
Alicia Asturias University of California, Berkeley Gymnastics
Hanna Axene Southern Methodist University Rowing
Christina Baffuto Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lacrosse
Lauren Bailey University of Rochester Swimming and Diving
Alexa Baker North Park University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Sarah Bariglio Holy Family University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kasey Barnett California State University, Chico Outdoor Track and Field
Nicole Barringer Averett University Volleyball; Basketball
Nora Barry University of Florida Lacrosse
Emily Bausher Lehigh University Softball
Farish Beard University of South Alabama Softball
Edina Begic University of Arkansas, Little Rock Volleyball
Kristen Beikirch The Sage Colleges Softball
Kylie Beltz Curry College Basketball
Tabitha Bemis Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Emily Berardi Wheaton College (Massachusetts) Softball
Anna Berecz University of Alaska Anchorage Skiing
Elizabeth Bereit Shenandoah University Lacrosse
Christine Bishop St. Mary's College of Maryland Field Hockey; Lacrosse
Divyajyoti (Divya) Biswal St. Lawrence University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Washida Blackman Mercer University Soccer
Brittany Blass Lafayette College Field Hockey
Whitney Boeckel Arcadia University Swimming and Diving
Ana Bogdanovski Johns Hopkins University Swimming and Diving
Taylor Booth Siena College Soccer
Angela Bosco Lynchburg College Soccer
Allison Boudreau Illinois Wesleyan University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Chloe Boutelle Saint Michael's College Skiing; Cross Country
Jessica Bradley Lynn University Golf
Alyssa Brandt DeSales University Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field; Soccer
Caroline Brawner Colgate University Soccer
Brianna Brink Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Volleyball
Sarah Brochu Southern Connecticut State University Soccer
Shana Brown The Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Jessy Brown University of Maryland, Baltimore County Soccer
Brooke Brown University of Northern Iowa Basketball
Alaysia Brown University of San Diego Volleyball
Samantha Brueggeman Crown College (Minnesota) Basketball; Volleyball
Madeline Buckley Hobart and William Smith Colleges Soccer
Mandy Buell Gettysburg College Lacrosse
Cierra Burdick University of Tennessee, Knoxville Basketball
Beth Burgess Covenant College Cross Country
Victoria Buser Juniata College Field Hockey
Lindsey Butterworth Simon Fraser University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kelsey Cahill Colby-Sawyer College Basketball
Alyssa Calderon Caldwell University Softball
Bianca Calderone Northeastern University Soccer
Taylor Calvert Winthrop University Basketball
Maura Campbell Catholic University Field Hockey
Marina Capalbo Babson College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Caitlin Caraway University of Montana Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kelsey Carpenter Florida Gulf Coast University Softball
Marie Casares Vanderbilt University Tennis
Francesca Ceppi University of Mount Olive Tennis
Jazmine Charles Lenoir-Rhyne University Basketball
Caitlin Chase Florida Southern College Lacrosse
Lucy Cheadle Washington University in St. Louis Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Jamie Chernesky Newbury College Soccer
Alina Ching Pepperdine University Golf
Sarah Christian East Carolina University Softball
Paige Christie Smith College Swimming and Diving
Elena Ciccarelli Gallaudet University Soccer; Basketball; Softball
Jenny Cislo New Jersey Institute of Technology Soccer
Cassandra Clayborne Bowie State University Softball
Tehresa Coles Siena College Basketball
Elizabeth Composto North Central College Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kathryn Connery Belmont Abbey College Lacrosse
Carley Cooke Brandeis University Tennis
Hannah Cooper Kenyon College Swimming and Diving
Daphne Corboz Georgetown University Soccer
Elyse Cordova Academy of Art University Softball
Rheagan Courville Louisiana State University Gymnastics
Allison Cukrov Stony Brook University Softball
Kylene Culler Ferrum College Basketball; Softball
Ta'Rea Cunnigan San Jose State University Basketball
Marina Cunningham Pereira University of North Florida Tennis
Samantha Curran Wentworth Institute of Technology Volleyball; Softball
Aliah Curry Norwich University Basketball
Caitlin Curtis Northwest Nazarene University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Amira Dardir Stevens Institute of Technology Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Michele Daubman Fordham University Softball
Christyn Davidson University of Connecticut Field Hockey
Supriya Davis Swarthmore College Swimming and Diving
Kylie Davis University of Memphis Soccer
Kristin Day Clarion University of Pennsylvania Swimming and Diving
Andrea Day State University of New York at Oneonta Field Hockey
Jasmine DeBerry Wingate University Basketball
Sarah Debrow St. Edward's University Softball
Megan Decker Cabrini College Basketball; Lacrosse
Colleen DeGraff Wesleyan College (Georgia) Softball
Lara Dendy Young Hartwick College Water Polo
Rachel Dickinson Millersville University of Pennsylvania Field Hockey
Taylor Dicus Cornell College Volleyball; Basketball
Regina DiGiovanni Elms College Soccer; Softball
Jennifer Dilger Winthrop University Golf
Kimberly Dinh University of Wisconsin, Madison Golf
Emily Doerner New York University Swimming and Diving
Jeane Drury Pace University Basketball; Softball
Barbara Duffy Rockford University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track; Basketball; Soccer
Taylor Dulaney The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Soccer
Erin Dulek Alverno College Softball
Jennifer Dumiak American University Basketball
Valerie Dunlap Washington and Jefferson College Basketball
Katharine Earle Humboldt State University Outdoor Track and Field
Elizabeth Eberhardt Central Connecticut State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Valentina Eimbcke Boston University Field Hockey
Nadia Eke Columbia University-Barnard College Indoor Track and Field
Olivia Ekpone Texas A&M University, College Station Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Nicole Elmblad University of Michigan Basketball
Jennifer Elsholz University of Toledo Golf
Becky Ely Messiah College Field Hockey; Lacrosse
Nicole Eno Limestone College Volleyball
Monica Espitia University of North Carolina at Pembroke Tennis
Rebecca Esselstein U.S. Air Force Academy Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Amanda Fadden Mary Baldwin College Cross Country
Ashley Fallon Notre Dame of Maryland University Field Hockey; Softball
Patricia Fargas DePaul University Tennis
Sara Farrell Stockton University Basketball
Carly Fehler University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Ilsa Feierabend University of Vermont Swimming and Diving
Averee Fields West Virginia University Basketball
Dana Finkelstein University of Nevada, Las Vegas Golf
Jade Flory Morehead State University Soccer
Kelly Foley University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Volleyball
Geena Fong Lewis & Clark College Soccer
Allyson Fournier Tufts University Softball; Swimming and Diving
Michaela Freeby Willamette University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Lindsay Friedman Saint Louis University Softball
Amy Friesenhahn The University of Texas at Tyler Tennis
Linda Fritschken Barry University Tennis
Brooke Gannon Wesley College Field Hockey; Tennis
Michelle Gaye Marist College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Nicki Gears University of West Alabama Soccer
Laura Gebhart Pennsylvania State University Field hockey
Margo Geer University of Arizona Swimming and Diving
Loren Generi U.S. Naval Academy Lacrosse
Brittany Geyer Stevens Institute of Technology Swimming and Diving
Stephanie Giameo University of Maryland, College Park Gymnastics
Tiffany Gillaspy Missouri Western State University Softball
Marritta Gillcrease Rider University Basketball
Adriana Gjonovich California State University, Fullerton Soccer
Megan Glisar University of South Dakota Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Margaret Glutz East Central University Soccer
Janine Godwin Louisiana Tech University Softball
Kaitlyn Good University of Cincinnati Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Bronte Goodhue University of the South Tennis
Connie Gormley Binghamton University Soccer
Rachel Gottlieb Brown University Rowing
Rebecca Grady Cedar Crest College Volleyball; Lacrosse
Kelsey Graham Wheaton College (Illinois) Soccer
Jenna Grasmeyer Hope College Volleyball
Lauren Gray Appalachian State University Volleyball
Allegra Gray University of Delaware Soccer
Kaye-Alese Green University of Central Florida Volleyball
Shea Groom Texas A&M University, College Station Soccer
Nathalie Gruet Wellesley College Field Hockey
Ashlee Guay California State University, Northridge Basketball
Kelsea Guckin Albright College Lacrosse
Lloimincia Hall Louisiana State University Gymnastics
Jennifer Hamson Brigham Young University Basketball; Volleyball
Mary Hanson California Baptist University Swimming and Diving
Kelsey Harbin Stanford University Field Hockey
Kalyn Harker Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Softball
Rachel Harper Carson-Newman University Volleyball
Emma Harrington Williams College Softball
Kendra Harrison University of Kentucky Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Kerry Hars Rosemont College Soccer; Lacrosse
Naja Harvey University of Maine, Orono Swimming and Diving
Lindsey Hatch The College of New Jersey Field Hockey
Kelsey Haycook La Salle University Soccer
Karen Hayde Old Dominion University Lacrosse
Quanera Hayes Livingstone College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Caroline Hayes Trinity College (Connecticut) Lacrosse
Raquel Hefflin University of California, Riverside Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Felicitas Heinen Fairfield University Field Hockey
Theresa Hendrix Saint Joseph's College (Maine) Softball; Field hockey; Basketball
Maryssa Arielle Herbert Cedarville University Tennis
Madison Hess University of Texas at Dallas Basketball
Sarah Higginbotham Southern Arkansas University Softball
Kacey Hight Hendrix College Soccer
Rachel Hilliard University of Massachusetts, Amherst Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Jaelene Hinkle Texas Tech University Soccer
Ashton Hogan Elmira College Lacrosse; Ice Hockey
Taylor Holland Delta State University Softball
Emma Holmes Colorado College Swimming and Diving
Artisha Holston Albany State University (Georgia) Basketball
Andrea Hoover University of Dayton Basketball
Mackenzie Horne Mount Aloysius College Soccer
Shelby Houlihan Arizona State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Marisa Howard Boise State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Jennifer Howard Webster University Volleyball; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Brittany Hrynko DePaul University Basketball
Caroline Hubbard Franklin & Marshall College Volleyball
Emily Hubley Washington College (Maryland) Lacrosse; Basketball
Stephanie Huffman University of North Georgia Basketball
Camille Hurley Coastal Carolina University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Amira Idris University of Delaware Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Heather Ingraham Vassar College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Deedra Irwin Michigan Technological University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field; Skiing
Emily Iverson Stonehill College Volleyball
Joanne Jablonski University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Softball
Christine Jablonsky University of Dallas Volleyball; Lacrosse
Kim Jacob University of Alabama Gymnastics
Ashley Jacobsen Texas Lutheran University Softball
Anne Jacobsen University of Illinois at Chicago Swimming and Diving
Alyssa Jasper Worcester State University Volleyball; Indoor and Outdoor Track; Basketball
Elena Jay Bates College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Brianne Jenner Cornell University Ice Hockey
Lizzy Jeronimus Pittsburg State University Basketball
Olympia Jewett California State University, Northridge Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Jenny Johansson Academy of Art University Tennis
Heather Johns Whitman College Basketball
Loretta Johnson Aurora University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Sarah Johnson Rhodes College Basketball
Chanel Johnson University of Hartford Soccer
Lea Johnson University of Miami (Florida) Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Megan Johnson University of Northwestern-St. Paul Tennis
Griffin Joiner University of Kentucky Softball
Kelsey Jones Muhlenberg College Softball
Kierra Jones Purdue University Volleyball
Julia Jones University of Mississippi Tennis
Deidra Jordan Bethune-Cookman University Outdoor Track and Field
Emily Jorgens Trinity University (Texas) Soccer
Alicia Kalik Defiance College Volleyball
Jamie Kaplan Tulane University Basketball
Jillian Katterhagen Washington and Lee University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Lucinda Kauffman Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Field Hockey
Claudia Keep Bryn Mawr College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Astrid Kempainen Connecticut College Soccer
Shanteona Keys Georgia College Basketball
Brianna Kiesel University of Pittsburgh Basketball
Kathryn Koeck Marquette University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Emilee Koltz Martin Luther College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Elena Kordolaimi University of Houston Tennis
Anna Kottkamp University of Notre Dame Rowing
Alyssa Krajco University of Wisconsin, Platteville Basketball
Olivia Krejcarek The College of St. Scholastica Volleyball; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Alexis Kresl University of Colorado, Boulder Basketball
Ambika Krishnamachar Massachusetts Institute of Technology Soccer
Katy Krshka Oklahoma State University Equestrian
Michelle Kruse University of Alabama in Huntsville Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Grace Kucharski Western New England University Volleyball; Softball
Hannah Landerholm Lesley University Soccer
Kathryn Landgrebe Northwestern University Soccer
Bethany Lang Neumann University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Katherine Lantz Harvard University Softball
Kayla Lawlor New England College Basketball
Savanah Leaf University of Miami (Florida) Volleyball
Greta Leberfinger Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Swimming and Diving
Alise LeCompte High Point University Soccer
Krista Ledin University of Massachusetts Boston Soccer; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kate Lehman Fort Hays State University Basketball
Claudijah Lever University of Kansas Rowing
See Wai Sharon Li Ithaca College Golf
Sally Linzmeier University of Wisconsin-Superior Basketball; Softball
Gina Lirange Bentley University Field Hockey
Maddie Locus University of Georgia Swimming and Diving
Samantha Logic University of Iowa Basketball
Danielle Loiseau Lycoming College Swimming and Diving
Arielle Love Duquesne University Volleyball
Madeline Lovrensky University of La Verne Swimming and Diving; Water Polo
Nichole Lowe Anna Maria College Field Hockey; Softball
Catie Luck Thomas More College Softball
Bridget Lynch Lasell College Soccer
Cherrisse Lynch Saint Augustine's University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Hannah Mackey Utica College Field Hockey
Breanna Mackie Long Beach State University Volleyball; Sand Volleyball
Margaret MacPhail DePauw University Tennis
Amelia Maher University of Minnesota Duluth Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Megan Mahoney Misericordia University Soccer
Ali Maloof Southern New Hampshire University Softball
Kelly Mannix Adelphi University Basketball
Tiffany Marchewka Hiram College Soccer
Meg Markham University of Pennsylvania Lacrosse
Ariel Marsh California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Basketball
Samantha Marshall Western Illinois University Softball
Christina Matheny Wingate University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Claire Mathews Point Loma Nazarene University Soccer
Gwendolyn Mathias Hartwick College Swimming and Diving
Abigail Max State University of New York at Geneseo Swimming and Diving
Alison Maxwell Middlebury College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Carley McCutchen Montana State University-Bozeman Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kelsey McDonald Longwood University Soccer
Allyson McDonald Mississippi State University Golf
Gillian McDonald University of Wisconsin-River Falls Golf; Ice Hockey
Hannah McGinnis Illinois College Basketball
Alyson McGonigle University of Richmond Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kiera McIvor Radford University Basketball
Rebecca McMullin Carthage College Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field; Volleyball
Erin McMunn Princeton University Lacrosse
Laura Mead University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Rachel Meier Medaille College Soccer; Lacrosse
Madilena Mendiola Mount Holyoke College Golf
Kayla Merrill Husson University Softball
Chloe Meyer The Ohio State University Rowing
Nya Michaux Winston-Salem State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Megan Michie Colby College Volleyball; Softball
Chakecia Miller George Washington University Basketball
Mackenzie Miller University of Louisiana at Monroe Softball
Lauren Mills University of Pittsburgh Swimming and Diving
Jenna Mineau Edgewood College Soccer
Tiffany Minor Old Dominion University Basketball
Lindsey Monaco University of New England Soccer
Chelsea Morley University of Maine, Farmington Field Hockey; Lacrosse
Elizabeth Morris Coker College Soccer
Sandi Morris University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Brenna Moss California State University, Fresno Softball
Kori Moster Michigan State University Volleyball
Mimi Mungedi University of Nevada, Reno Basketball
Samantha Munger Saint Martin's University Softball
Anna Murdock Franklin College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Taelour Murphy University of Massachusetts Lowell Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Megan Murray Kansas State University Rowing
Rufaro Mushavi Limestone College Field Hockey
Amy Nicklin University at Albany Field Hockey
Kaitlin Norman Piedmont College Volleyball
Suzanna Ohlsen Seattle Pacific University Basketball
Mara Olson Butler University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Victoria Ondo Georgia Southwestern State University Tennis
Yuliya Orkis Brooklyn College Tennis
Marylu Ortiz Notre Dame of Maryland University Volleyball; Basketball; Softball
Julianne Osborne Campbell University Basketball
Meghan O'Sullivan Castleton State College Basketball
Holly Page University of Wyoming Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Shelby Parker East Texas Baptist University Softball
Taylor Parker Felician College Softball, Cross Country
Courtney Pattugalan University of California, Riverside Tennis
Kelsey Pelletier Columbus State University Soccer
Shelby Pendley University of Oklahoma Softball
Kearsten Peoples University of Missouri, Columbia Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Stephanie Perez McDaniel College Basketball
Samantha Perillo Stevenson University Volleyball
Samantha Peszek University of California, Los Angeles Gymnastics
Emily Pfalzer Boston College Ice Hockey
Mackenzie Phelps Grand Canyon University Volleyball
Amy Philamlee Union University Basketball
Katie Phillips Tennessee Technological University Soccer
Leanna Pittsenbarger Eastern Kentucky University Softball
Jacquelyne Pizzuto Haverford College Basketball
Marketa Placha Charleston Southern University Tennis
Jessica Plant University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Swimming and Diving
Brooke Pleger Bowling Green State University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Miranda Polaski Post University Lacrosse; Tennis
Gabie Polce The College of Saint Rose Basketball
Kiara Porter Virginia Commonwealth University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Laura Potter Centenary College (New Jersey) Soccer
Whitney Powel Denison University Lacrosse
Maren Prediger West Virginia University Rifle
Laura Prosinski Concordia College, Moorhead Soccer
Laura Pumphrey Worcester Polytechnic Institute Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field; Volleyball
Deanna Purcell Rivier University Basketball
Colleen Quigley Florida State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Cayla Ray University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg Tennis
Andi Raymond Towson University Lacrosse
Jena Ready Queens University of Charlotte Lacrosse
Michaela Reesor Samford University Volleyball
Savina Reid Carnegie Mellon University Soccer
Ariel Richard Coppin State University Volleyball
Haley Richter St. Mary's University (Texas) Softball
Alyssa Ritchie University of North Carolina Wilmington Tennis
Abby Ritter University of South Florida Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kassandra Rivera Texas Southern University Golf
Monique Roberge Queens College (New York) Softball
Hannah Robinson St. Bonaventure University Cross Country
Lexi Robison Utah Valley University Soccer
Mateja Robnik University of New Mexico Skiing
Karlee Rock Central College (Iowa) Softball
Abigail Rolph Metropolitan State University of Denver Soccer
Mariana Rong St. Mary's University (Texas) Tennis
Tess Rountree Principia College Volleyball; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Paige Rowland Shorter University Softball
Sarah Royals University at Albany Basketball
Karolina Rozenberg Long Beach State University Tennis
Jillian Rushin University of Missouri, Columbia Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Sarah Rutkowski Dickinson College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Laura Ryan College of the Holy Cross Lacrosse
Ashley Ryan Elmira College Ice Hockey
Komal Safdar Syracuse University Tennis
Ghazaleh Sailors University of Maine at Presque Isle Baseball
Nicole Sandelier Monmouth University Softball
Courtney Sawle Creighton University Cross Country
Zoe Scandalis University of Southern California Tennis
Kirsten Schall Moravian College Soccer
Samantha Schapiro Vassar College Tennis
Jeannelle Scheper University of South Carolina, Columbia Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kati Schneider Saint Mary's College (Indiana) Volleyball
Kristen Schulz Wisconsin Lutheran College Basketball
Dionna Scott Winston-Salem State University Basketball
Rhiannon Sheets Purdue University Swimming and Diving
Markea Sheppard Claflin University Softball
Jae Shin Humboldt State University Basketball
Pamela Showman University of Findlay Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Sierra Simpson Anderson University (South Carolina) Basketball
Emma Sindelar Swarthmore College Soccer
Emily Sisson Providence College Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Taylor Skala Rockhurst University Soccer; Basketball
Maddie Smith University of Redlands Outdoor Track and Field
Kendra Smith Weber State University Soccer
Morgan Snow University of Texas at Austin Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Melissa Spahar John Carroll University Basketball
Alyssa Stanek Nebraska Wesleyan University Volleyball; Basketball
Rebecca Staylor North Carolina Wesleyan College Soccer
Madison Stein University of Kansas Softball
Rebekah Stewart Southern Nazarene University Soccer; Tennis
Holly Stewart University of Maine, Orono Field Hockey
Kiah Stokes University of Connecticut Basketball
Katie Stolz Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Shelby Stone College of Wooster Field Hockey; Lacrosse
Erin Stone Southern Utah University Gymnastics; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Janelle Strampe South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Volleyball; Basketball
Samantha Strausbaugh Jacksonville University Volleyball; Sand Volleyball
Aubrey Sudomier Western Michigan University Soccer
Becca Sund Augustana College (Illinois) Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Rebecka Surtevall Arkansas Tech University Golf
Emma Svensson Florida Gulf Coast University Swimming and Diving
Courtney Swan University of Virginia Lacrosse
Catherine Swiderski Franklin Pierce University Volleyball
Samantha Szarmach Elmhurst College Volleyball
Devon Tabata Duquesne University Soccer
Stefanie Tan Texas Christian University Tennis
Stephanie Ternullo Amherst College Swimming and Diving
Myndee Thompson Fort Lewis College Volleyball; Softball
Jourdan Thompson The College of Saint Rose Soccer
Julianne Tierney St. Joseph's College (Long Island) Volleyball; Softball
Melissa Tobie Montclair State University Basketball
Elizabeth Tong Indiana University, Bloomington Golf
Jennifer Tracy North Carolina Central University Softball
Anne Twombly University of New Hampshire Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Maddie Van Beek North Dakota State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Johanna Vang Northern Arizona University Tennis
Langley Vannoy Troy University Golf
Taryn VanThof Loyola University Maryland Lacrosse
Stephanie Verdoia Seattle University Soccer
Jessica Viscusi Mars Hill University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Courtney Waite University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Lacrosse
Megan Walker Auburn University Gymnastics
Jaymee Wallace Allegheny College Soccer
Jordan Wallace University of Louisiana at Lafayette Softball
Patty Walrath Houston Baptist University Soccer
Cassandra Walter Methodist University Soccer; Lacrosse
Summer Washburn Salisbury University Field Hockey; Lacrosse
Char'De Washington University of Mount Olive Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Ivy Watts University of New Haven Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Lisa Wawrzynowski University of St. Joseph (Connecticut) Tennis; Basketball
Caitlynn Webber St. Joseph's College (Long Island) Lacrosse
Emily Weiman North Carolina State University Softball
Gloria Westlake Southeast Missouri State University Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Chontiquah White West Texas A&M University Basketball
Taryn Wicijowski University of Utah Basketball
Alison Wickwire Alfred University Softball
Bonnie Widenhouse Greensboro College Volleyball
Elizabeth Williams Duke University Basketball
Kelsie Wills Hofstra University Volleyball
Bailey Wilson Wartburg College Volleyball
Taylor Winter Lawrence University Swimming and Diving
Mary Wirth South Dakota State University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Nina Wojtkiewicz Western Connecticut State University Softball; Volleyball
Sarah Wolcott Rochester Institute of Technology Basketball; Softball
Emily Wong University of Nebraska, Lincoln Gymnastics
Tayla Woods Oregon State University Volleyball
Amy Wooten Pacific Lutheran University Volleyball
Laurel Wroblicky Houghton College Volleyball
Brittany Yang Liberty University Tennis
Taylor Zordel Emporia State University Softball

Elizabeth Tucker named 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year

Former soccer student-athlete Elizabeth Tucker, a University of Notre Dame graduate, is the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. Now in its 24th year, the Woman of the Year Award recognizes female student-athletes for outstanding academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. Tucker is the first women’s soccer student-athlete to be named NCAA Woman of the Year since the program began in 1991.

Finalists named for 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award

Nine student-athletes have been selected as finalists for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award, which will be announced Oct. 19 during a ceremony in Indianapolis.


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