INDIANAPOLIS - More than 140 NCAA female
student-athletes representing multiple sports across Divisions I,
II and III have been selected as 2011 Woman of the Year nominees by
their athletic conferences and by independent
institutions. The East Coast Conference’s nominee
is Chelsea Methot of the Mercy College softball team.
Methot, an ECC First Team All-Conference and NFCA All-East Region selection, led Mercy to their highest win total since 1987 last season. She led the Mavericks in almost every offensive category while also finishing among the Division II leaders in homeruns, batting average, and on-base percentage. Methot was also a Honor Society member and graduated with a 3.58 GPA.
The Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. 2010 Woman of the Year Justine Schluntz was an NCAA swimming champion and 2010 Rhodes Scholar from the University of Arizona.
Nomination submissions for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year program continue to grow, with a record 471 nominations received for this year’s program, an increase of 19 over last year. Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration. Each conference assesses the eligibility of its members’ nominees and selects at least one student-athlete to represent the conference. To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
With the 142 conference nominees selected, a committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and athletic conferences will select 10 nominees from each of the three divisions to compose the Top 30 nominees, who will be announced in late August. The selection committee will then narrow the Top 30 to three finalists from each division to form the Top Nine, which will be announced in early September. From the Top Nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner. The 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during the Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 16.
To view the full list of nominees, please click here.