Beloit, WI -- Lana Wieseman, a recent graduate who played for the Beloit College Women's Basketball team, is one of a record 517 nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The NCAA 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.
The pool of school honorees marks the largest in the 26-year history of the award. Of the nominees for the national award, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics. The nominees also represent 21 different women's sports, and 127 of the nominees competed in more than one sport in college.
The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Wieseman is one of six from the Midwest Conference nominated, joining Michelle Greeneway, a Soccer and Ice Hockey player from Lake Forest; Haley Cardinal, a Swimming & Diving and Track & Field athlete from Lawrence; Emily Watkins, a Softball and Women's Basketball player from Monmouth; Madeleine Pesch, a Swimming & Diving athlete from Grinnell; and Bianca Savarese, a Soccer player from Illinois College.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.