June 19, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Cavalier women's lacrosse attacker Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.) has been named as Virginia's nominee for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Swan, an IWLCA Second Team All-American and a Third Team Capital One Academic All-American, led the ACC in assists per game (1.84), ranked fourth in draw controls (4.47) and ninth in points per game (3.47). The All-ACC Second Team member and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee was named the inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week (March 3) after scoring four goals with four assists and winning nine draws in the win at Penn State. Swan was also the recipient of a prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan ACC Postgraduate Scholarship this season and the Virginia Athletic Department's ACC Scholar Award presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete based on academic excellence and performance with distinction as a member of a varsity team.
NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 480 female student-athletes - the most ever in the history of the program - for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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