The NCAC is proud to announce that two of the 145 female student-athletes nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award are recent graduates from conference schools, including Kenyon swimmer Ellie Crawford (Las Vegas, NV/Meadows School) and Denison basketball player Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon).
Crawford, who also earned the NCAC's Pam Smith Award in mid July, was a four-year member of the Kenyon swim program and qualified for three NCAA Championship meets and collected four All-America awards. She concluded her senior season at Kenyon by earning an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She was a first-team Academic All-American as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was voted Kenyon's 2017 NCAC Scholar-Athlete. In early May, Crawford graduated summa cum laude as a physics major. She was a 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient, a four-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American and a three-time member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll.
Holmes is a two-time Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III All-American who left Denison as the NCAA Division III career leader in rebounds (1,711) and blocked shots (642). Not only is Holmes Division III's all-time leader in rebounds, she also ranks fourth in the history of women's college basketball (all divisions) in that category. In addition to her All-American awards from the WBCA, she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team in 2016 and was a D3hoops.com All-American as a junior. She is a two-time North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a four-time first-team all-conference selection. In March, Holmes appeared in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd section after breaking Division III's record for career rebounds.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.