Recent Kenyon graduate Tracy Menzel is one of 10 Division III semifinalists for the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA hands out. It recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership.
The 30 finalists - 10 from each division – come from a pool of 132 conference nominees, representing all three NCAA divisions and multiple sports. The top 30 will be trimmed to nine finalists – three from each division – next month and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner from that pool. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists will be honored and the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis October 18, 2009.
This is the 19th year the Woman of the Year award has been given. Last year’s national winner was Tennessee women’s basketball standout Nkolika Anosike. Kenyon's Ashley Rowatt won the award in 2003. She was the first student-athlete in Division III to be so honored.
Watch the 2003 ceremony here.