Guliford Vying for NCAA Woman of the Year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Former University of Tennessee track & field/cross country standout Felicia Guliford will be in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday night, attending the NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner at the Murat Centre???s Egyptian Room.?? At that event, the NCAA Committee on Women???s Athletics will reveal the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year out of a group of nine finalists who made the cut from the original nomination of 128 individuals back in July.

The honor, now in its 17th year of existence, recognizes outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, academics, leadership and service.

A product of Gallup, N.M., Guliford joins Shauneen Garrahan (Amherst College, track & field/cross country), Ana Gutierrez (Seattle University/softball), Jessica Javelet (University of Louisville/field hockey), Whitney Myers (University of Arizona/swimming & diving), Ashley Parker (Lincoln University [Pa.], track & field), Debbie Sharnak (Vassar College, tennis), Sarah Shearman (Truman State University, volleyball) and Jamie Wolf (Clarion University [Pa.], swimming & diving) in that illustrious group.

Guliford, an August 2007 UT graduate with a double major in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and Spanish, will attempt to follow in the footsteps of swimmer Catherine Byrne (1992) and diver Lauryn McCalley (2005) as Lady Volunteers who have previously been named NCAA Woman of the Year.?? She is the seventh UT woman to make the cut as a finalist, joining a group that includes McCalley (2005), Kara Lawson (2003, basketball), Lizzy Flynt Asti (2001, diving), Katharina Larsson (1994, golf), Byrne (1992) and Patty Wiegand (1991, track & field/cross country).





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