14 Swimmers and Divers Named Conference Nominees for 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The NCAA has announced the 145 female student-athletes who are their conference’s nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Fourteen swimmers and divers have been named. That’s an impressive five more than the nine swimmers and divers named Conference nominees last year.

View full list of swimmers and divers, their school, and their conference below:

NameSchoolConferenceDivision
Anika ApostalonUniversity of Southern CaliforniaPac-12I
Chantal Van LandeghemUniversity of GeorgiaSoutheastern ConferenceI
Danielle GalyerUniversity of KentuckySoutheastern ConferenceI
Blaise Wittenauer-LeeSeattle UniversityWestern Athletic ConferenceI
Aerika WieserUrbana UniversityMountain East ConferenceII
Caroline ConboyHobart and William Smith CollegesLibery LeagueIII
Anna CorleyUniversity of Mary WashingtonCapital Athletic ConferenceIII
Eliana CrawfordKenyon CollegeNorth Coast Athletic ConferenceIII
Jaquelyn CreitzWashington College (Maryland)Centennial ConferenceIII
Naomi GaggiCollege of Staten IslandCity University of New York Athletic ConferenceIII
Margaret OlockCedar Crest CollegeNorth Eastern Athletic ConferenceIII
Meg StanleyIllinois Wesleyan UniversityCollege Conference of Illinois and WisconsinIII
Sara BeyState University College at Old WestburySkyline ConferenceIII
Valerie UrbanConnecticut CollegeNew England Small College Athletic ConferenceIII

MIT swimmer Margaret Guo was named the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year. Guo was then featured on the cover of the February 2017 issue of Swimming World magazine.

Read the full press release from the NCAA here:

From a program-record pool of 543 school nominees, 145 female student-athletes have been nominated by conferences and an independent selection committee for consideration for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The nominees represent college athletes from 16 different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 58 nominees competed in Division I, 34 in Division II and 53 in Division III.

For the first time, nominees competing in a sport not sponsored by their school’s core conference were placed in a separate pool to be considered by a selection committee. Up to two independent nominees could be selected to move forward in the process with the conference nominees.

In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.

View the full list here.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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