INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Lady Vol trackster and cross country standout Felicia Guliford is one of the NCAA's 30 nominees representing Divisions I, II, and III for its prestigious Woman of the Year award.
Now in its 17th year, the Women of Year award honors exceptional female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility.
A committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member schools and conferences selected the top 30 out of 128 conference and independent nominees.
The conference winners present outstanding credentials as students and athletes. Of the 30 nominees, four competed on national championship teams; 10 were named academic all-Americans; and 25 served as their team captains or co-captains. Twelve were multi-sport student-athletes; four received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship; and 12 represented their fellow student-athletes on their campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).
In addition, they found time to help in their communities, volunteering for a wide variety of organizations, including United Way, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Headstart, YMCA, Make-A-Wish Foundation and also served as volunteers in schools, hospitals and churches.
The top 30 nominees earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.83, with seven posting a perfect 4.0 GPA. They graduated with a variety of majors, including biotechnology, political science, mathematics, psychology, marketing, exercise science, engineering physics, criminal justice, information systems management, Spanish, pre-med and education.
There are 10 conference winners from each division. These student-athletes participated in 12 of the 20 sports in which women compete for NCAA championships.
A national winner – the NCAA Woman of the Year – will be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics from among nine finalists. The top nine finalists will be announced in September.
The 2007 Woman of the Year will be announced during the annual awards dinner Oct. 27 in Indianapolis.
Last year’s national winner was Anne Bersagel, a former cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field student-athlete from Wake Forest University.
Other past winners include: 2005 – Lauryn McCalley, diving, University of Tennessee; 2004 – Kelly Albin, lacrosse, University of California, Davis; 2003 – Ashley Rowatt, swimming and diving, Kenyon College; 2002 – Tanisha Silas, track and field, University of California, Davis; 2001 – Kimberly A. Black, swimming, University of Georgia; 2000 – Kristy Kowal, swimming, University of Georgia; 1999 – Jamila Demby, track and field, University of California, Davis; 1998 – Peggy Boutilier, lacrosse and field hockey, University of Virginia; 1997 the late Lisa Ann Coole, swimming and diving, University of Georgia; 1996 – Billie Winsett-Fletcher, volleyball, University of Nebraska; 1995 – Rebecca Lobo, basketball, University of Connecticut; 1994 – Tanya Jones, track and field, University of Arizona; 1993 – Nnenna Jean Lynch, cross country and track and field, Villanova University; 1992 – Catherine Byrne, swimming and diving, University of Tennessee; and 1991 – Mary Beth Riley, track and field, Canisius College.
Complete list of nominees