NCAA Names The Top 30 Honorees For 2016 Woman Of The Year Award

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The announcement of the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year keeps edging closer as the NCAA has whittled down the nominees to 30 woman–10 from each of the three NCAA division. These 30 women represent 13 different sports and a variety of undergraduate majors, including biology, accounting, criminal justice, education, engineering, and computer science.

Each of the nominees demonstrated excellence in the following categories: academics, athletics, community service, and leadership.

Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at the University of Georgia, noted,

This year’s top 30 honorees have achieved remarkable things during their time in college. They are model student-athletes for generations of young women to come, and we are immeasurably proud of their accomplishments.

The selection committee will continue to narrow the finalist field as they announce the final nine–three from each division–in late September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA committee will then announce the 2016 Woman of the Year on October 16th in a ceremony in Indianapolis.

Name Div. School Conference Sport(s)
Acker, Rachael I University of California, Berkeley Pac-12 Conference Swimming and Diving
Balinskas, Tracey II Molloy College East Coast Conference Softball
Blazing, Lauren I Duke University Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey
Bombardier, Rachel III Castleton University North Athletic Conference Ice Hockey, Lacrosse
Chappell-Dick, Hannah III Eastern Mennonite University Old Dominion Athletic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Coyne, Kendall I Northeastern University Colonial Athletic Association Ice Hockey
Ellis-Watson, Taylor I University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Southeastern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Guo, Margaret III Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Hillman, Christina I Iowa State University Big 12 Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kahnweiler, Kim III Bowdoin College New England Small College Athletic Conference Field Hockey
Kiblinger, Elizabeth II Maryville University of St. Louis Great Lakes Valley Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Kuhnen, Maia II Clayton State University Peach Belt Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer
Leeper, Bri II West Texas A&M University Lone Star Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Lester, Maurissa II Limestone College Conference Carolinas Basketball
Martin, Lauren II Adams State University Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
McCleney, Haylie I University of Alabama Southeastern Conference Softball
McCormack, Kara I University of Miami (FL) Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving
Monnat, Maggie II Le Moyne University Northeast-10 Conference Lacrosse
Pruden, Cathleen III Mount Holyoke College New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Robinson, Marissa III Kean University New Jersey Athletic Conference Field Hockey
Rohn, Faith II Palm Beach Atlantic University Independent Volleyball
Siebert, Elayna II Carson-Newman University South Atlantic Conference Softball
Spieler, Katie I University of Hawaii, Manoa Big West Conference Beach Volleyball
Steinke, Ruth III Carleton College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Tillo, Emily I Boston University Patriot League Golf
Townsend, Haley III Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving
Turner, Cameasha I University of Texas, El Paso Conference USA Women’s Basketball
Vann, Sasa III SUNY- Buffalo State State University of New York Athletic Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Viti, Amy III Misericordia University Middle Atlantic Conference Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Wilson, Channing II California State University, Stanislaus California Collegiate Athletic Association Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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