INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Ten South Atlantic Conference student-athletes were among the record 585 female college athletes nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The nominees came from all three NCAA divisions with 131 from Division II.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Representing the South Atlantic Conference are the following:
Kasey Grant, Anderson, Softball
Taylor Hayes, Carson-Newman, Golf
Claire Neibergall, Lenoir-Rhyne, Soccer
Lise Malherbe, Lincoln Memorial, Golf
Jordan Harris, Mars Hill, Softball
Hanna Scott, Queens, Lacrosse
Josefina Taylor, Queens, Swimming
Nicole McMillen, Tusculum, Soccer, Cross Country, Track & Field
Anna Holmquist, Wingate, Volleyball
Ruva Mzinde, Wingate, Track & Field
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.