SwimmingLia Thomas, Brooke Forde Among NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

Lia Thomas, Brooke Forde Among NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees


Lia Thomas, Brooke Forde Among 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

NCAA champion Lia Thomas and American Olympian Brooke Forde were among the nominees for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year, released Thursday.

The duo is among 577 graduating student-athletes in Division I, II and III nominated for the award. Schools nominate their athletes for the award, and conferences select up to two from each school. The preliminary list will be narrowed down to 10 athletes from each division, 30 in total. The Woman of the Year award was created in 1991, honoring “female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics and in academics throughout their college careers.” This year’s class of nominees coincides with the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

The 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the NCAA Convention in January 2023 in San Antonio, Texas.

Among the nominees are 50 aquatic athletes, with 46 swimmers and five water polo players (one, UC San Diego’s Ciara Franke, does both).

Some of the most notable nominees are:

  • Thomas, the NCAA champion in the 500 free and a transgender woman who the subject of controversy throughout the season.
  • Forde, a Stanford grad who won a silver medal in the 800 freestyle relay at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Sarah Bacon, a five-time NCAA champion diver at the University of Minnesota
  • Delaney Schnell, a diver at the University of Arizona who won a silver medal for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics in the 10-meter synchro
  • Emily Sweet, the Bentley swimmer nominated for the Honda Inspiration Award
  • Crile Hart of Kenyon, a Honda Award Finalist in Division III

The list of aquatics nominees are below, and the full list is available here.

NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

Division I

  • Sarah Bacon, University of Minnesota, Big Ten
  • Autumn D’Arcy, Cal State Bakersfield, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
  • Hanna Everhart, Duquesne, Atlantic 10
  • Brooke Forde, Stanford, Pac-12
  • Ciara Franke, UC San Diego, Big West (also water polo)
  • Riley Gaines, Kentucky, SEC
  • Sara Gendron, Bryant, Northeast Conference
  • Sydney Harrington, Navy, Patriot League
  • Elena Kotanchyan, Long Beach State, Big West (water polo)
  • Susan Elizabeth LaGrand, Oakland, Horizon League
  • Kara McCurdy, Providence, Big East
  • Anna Metzler, New Hampshire, America East
  • Madelyn Moore, University of Northern Carolina, Western Athletic Conference
  • Emily Nicholson, Fresno State, Golden Coast Conference (water polo)
  • Emma Nordin, Arizona State, Pac-12
  • Felicia Pasadyn, Harvard, Ivy League
  • Kathryn Power, Houston, AAC
  • Tara Prentice, UC-Irvine, Big West (water polo)
  • Mariana Roge Ferreira Duarte, University of the Pacific, Golden Coast Conference (water polo)
  • Delaney Schnell, Arizona, Pac-12
  • Sienna Senn, Davidson, Atlantic 10
  • Kate Steward, Kansas, Big 12
  • Camryn Streid, Cincinnati, AAC
  • Lia Thomas, Penn, Ivy League
  • Sarah Thompson, Missouri, SEC
  • Georgia Vargas, Siena, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (water polo)

Division II

  • Kaitlyn Agger, Wingate University, South Atlantic Conference
  • Savannah Brennan, Florida Institute of Technology, Sunshine State Conference
  • Johanna Buys, University of Indianapolis, Great Lakes Valley Conference
  • Elizabeth Caird, Saginaw Valley State, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • Anna Miram, Wingate University, South Atlantic Conference
  • Grace Sill, Florida Southern, Sunshine State Conference
  • Emily Sweet, Bentley, Northeast-10
  • Kayla Tennant, Queens University of Charlotte, South Atlantic Conference

Division III

  • Claudia Barnett, Washington & Lee, Old Dominion Athletic Conference
  • Zoe Chan, College of New Jersey, New Jersey Athletic Conference
  • Molly Craig, Williams College, New England Small College Athletic Conference
  • Lydia DaCorte, Wheaton (Mass.) College, New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference
  • Maddie Ford, Connecticut College, New England Small College Athletic Conference
  • Ellen Gilbert, Illinois Wesleyan, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Clio Hancock, Emory, University Athletic Association
  • Mary Hufziger, Tufts, New England Small College Athletic Conference
  • Macy Klein, St. Catherine, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • Sophie Lear, Ursinus, Centennial Conference
  • Drew Lei-Alerta, Sarah Lawrence, Skyline Conference
  • Madelynn Marunde, Augustana (Ill.) College, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Emmerson Ann Mirus, Kenyon, North Coast Athletic Conference
  • Kathryn Murphy, Mount Holyoke, New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference
  • Valery Piachonkina, Austin College, College Water Polo Association (water polo)
  • Anna Pilecky, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • Jesse Stovall, Southwestern (Texas) University, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Jessica Touve, Bridgewater (Va.) College, Old Dominion Athletic Conference





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