INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— The NCAA announced its Top 30 honorees for the 2019 Woman of the Year award on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and former Swarthmore women's soccer forward Marin McCoy was selected as one of the 10 nominees for Division III.
A biology major from Denver, Colo., McCoy graduated from Swarthmore last spring with a 3.91 cumulative grade point average. Excelling on the field, in the classroom, and serving her community, McCoy became the sixth Swarthmore student-athlete to earn the Centennial Conference nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year this past summer.
The Top 30 honorees were selected from an initial pool of 585 school nominees, a program record. From there, the pool was narrowed by conference offices and a selection committee to move forward 151 nominees for consideration. The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions, and each has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including neuroscience, anthropology, economics, chemical engineering, political science and communication.
"This year's 30 honorees are remarkable women, representing well the thousands of women competing each year in college sports,” said Karen Baebler, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and assistant athletics director for sport operations at the University of Washington. “They have excelled in sports and academics while serving their peers and communities, and we congratulate them for their many achievements.”
In early October, the selection committee will announce the nine finalists, made up of three women from each NCAA division. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.