Sept. 6, 2005
Kendra Wecker (Kansas State), Richelle Simpson (Nebraska), Valentina Medina (Oklahoma State), and Jamie Carey (Texas) were named NCAA Woman of the Year of their respective states on Aug. 31.
The campaign to crown the 15th annual NCAA Woman of the Year began with the selection of 51 state winners, including representatives from Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. There were no nominations from the state of Arizona.
The NCAA Woman of the Year recognizes outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership.
Chosen by a committee of representatives from member institutions, 29 of the 2005 state honorees are from Division I, while 16 represent Division II and six are from Division III. They represent 15 sports.
The committee of institutional representatives also will select 10 finalists from the 51 state winners, based on grade-point average, athletics achievement and community service. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will chose the national winner from among the 10 finalists. Finalists will be revealed in the September 26 issue of The NCAA News.
The 2005 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during the annual awards dinner October 29 in Indianapolis. ESPN personality Danielle Sargent and Kara Lawson, former University of Tennessee, Knoxville, women's basketball standout and a 2003 Woman of the Year top-10 finalist currently playing in the WNBA, will serve as emcees for the evening.
As part of the Woman of the Year weekend of activities, honorees will be working with youth and the Association's character-building program Stay in Bounds at the NCAA Hall of Champions.
This year's state winners were chosen from a pool of 352 nominations, 76 more than in 2004 and the most since 2000, when there also were 352 candidates for the honor. The pool showed an increase in diversity as well, specifically in African-American, international, Asian/Pacific Islander and Latina/Hispanic student-athletes.
Division I submitted 188 applications. Fifty-six nominations came from Division II and 111 were received from Division III. The numbers represent increases in submissions for all three divisions over last year, with Division I submitting 50 more applications and Divisions II and III registering more modest gains at 14 and 15, respectively.
Kelly Albin, a lacrosse student-athlete from the University of California, Davis, was recognized as the 2004 NCAA Woman of the Year. Albin is the third winner from UC Davis since the award's inception in 1991. The University of Georgia also has produced three national award winners.
Woman of the Year State Winners
|Alaska||Mindy Lindquist||University of Alaska Anchorage||Basketball, track and field, volleyball|
|Alabama||Michelle Reeser||University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa||Gymnastics|
|Arkansas||Jayme Butts||University of Arkansas, Little Rock||Soccer, swimming|
|California||Ogonna Nnamani||Stanford University||Volleyball|
|Colorado||Alisha Williams||Western State College of Colorado||Cross country, track and field|
|Connecticut||Kristen Graczyk||University of Connecticut||Soccer|
|Washington, D.C.||Colleen Kelly||Georgetown University||Cross country, track and field|
|Delaware||Leah Geib||University of Delaware||Field hockey|
|Florida||Melissa Lehman||Barry University||Volleyball|
|Georgia||Samantha Arsenault||University of Georgia||Swimming|
|Hawaii||Tracie Uchima||University of Hawaii, Manoa||Softball|
|Iowa||Jennifer Skolaski||University of Iowa||Swimming|
|Idaho||Tania Vander Meulen||University of Idaho||Cross country, track and field|
|Illinois||Courtney Koester||Northwestern University||Basketball, lacrosse|
|Indiana||Kate Endress||Ball State University||Basketball|
|Kansas||Kendra Wecker||Kansas State University||Basketball|
|Kentucky||Stephanie Leimbach||Northern Kentucky University||Softball|
|Louisiana||Janice Ezegbunam||Southeastern Louisiana University||Track and field|
|Massachusetts||Jennifer Walker||Bentley College||Field hockey|
|Maryland||Stephanie LaGue||Goucher College||Swimming|
|Maine||Kelly Cyr||Saint Joseph's College (Maine)||Soccer|
|Michigan||Lindsey Gallo||University of Michigan||Cross country, track and field|
|Minnesota||Heather Hamilton||University of Minnesota Duluth||Track and field|
|Missouri||Sara Murray||Truman State University||Soccer|
|Mississippi||Bernadette Sayles||Delta State University||Basketball|
|Montana||Margot Merrill-Johnson||Montana State University-Billings||Soccer, tennis|
|North Carolina||Shannon Davis||Winston-Salem State University||Bowling, softball|
|North Dakota||Kinsey Coles||North Dakota State University||Cross country, track and field|
|Nebraska||Richelle Simpson||University of Nebraska, Lincoln||Gymnastics|
|New Hampshire||Erin Osborn||Dartmouth College||Lacrosse, soccer|
|New Jersey||Mary Mewherter||Georgian Court University||Basketball, soccer|
|New Mexico||Christina Spence||University of New Mexico||Golf|
|Nevada||Alyssa Chin||University of Nevada||Swimming|
|New York||Kate Chambers||Hartwick College||Water polo|
|Ohio||Jill Boo||Denison University||Swimming|
|Oklahoma||Valentina Medina||Oklahoma State University||Cross country, track and field|
|Oregon||Julie Elliott||University of Portland||Track and field|
|Pennsylvania||Deirdre Dlugonski||Pennsylvania State University||Swimming|
|Puerto Rico||Yarisel Rodríguez||University of Puerto Rico, Cayey||Track and field, volleyball|
|Rhode Island||Carly Muise||Bryant University||Softball|
|South Carolina||Janiva Willis||Winthrop University||Softball|
|South Dakota||Marci Miller||University of South Dakota||Track and field|
|Tennessee||Lauryn McCalley||University of Tennessee, Knoxville||Swimming|
|Texas||Jamie Carey||University of Texas at Austin||Basketball|
|Utah||Lindsey Metcalf||Brigham Young University||Track and field, volleyball|
|Virginia||Lindsay Hagerman||Washington and Lee University||Tennis|
|Vermont||Brittany Cronin||Middlebury College||Soccer|
|Washington||Corrie McDaniel||Seattle Pacific University||Gymnastics|
|Wisconsin||Tara Schmitt||University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point||Basketball, soccer, track and field|
|West Virginia||Lauren Deschamps||Wheeling Jesuit University||Soccer|
|Wyoming||Shauna Smith||University of Wyoming||Track and field|
Kansas State's Kendra Wecker was named NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Kansas on Aug. 31.