Carlson Named Top 30 Honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
Release: August 23, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - North Dakota State track and field athlete Whitney Carlson has been selected as a top 30 honoree for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Thirty women, 10 from each NCAA membership division, were selected to the top 30.
Carlson concluded her NDSU career as a five-time All-American and a 17-time Summit League champion. She was named Summit League Field Athlete of the Year three times and was a league championship MVP five times. She set six school records over the course of her career, two indoor and four outdoor.
The Buchanan, N.D. native also excelled in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors as a junior and senior. She was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was also the recipient of the NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which is awarded to the competitor with the highest GPA. The 2011 Summit League Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she graduated with a 4.00 GPA and is currently attending dental school at Nebraska.
She is the second NDSU student-athlete to earn the top 30 distinction as Laura (Hermanson) Januszewski also garnered the honor in 2009. Prior to the change in the award process in 2007, the Bison also had six student-athletes named state Woman of the Year honorees.
Now in its 21st year, the Woman of the Year Award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. Last year's winner, Justine Schluntz, was an NCAA swimming champion and 2010 Rhodes Scholar from the University of Arizona.
Sharon Beverly, NCAA Woman of the Year selection chair and director of athletics and physical education at Vassar College, described the award as one of the most prestigious honors presented to a female student-athlete each year.
"This award catapults the recipient into the next phase of her life and paves the way for a successful future in any chosen profession," Beverly said. "When you consider the academic and athletic accomplishments of each of the candidates for this award and the ways they have given back to society, the Woman of the Year honorees are the top echelon of NCAA role models."
The top 30 honorees were nominated by conference and independent members and represent multiple sports. Three finalists will be chosen from each division to form the nine finalists for the Woman of the Year award.
The national winner will be chosen by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and will be announced in an Oct. 16 ceremony in Indianapolis.
2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30
|Laura Barito||III||Empire 8||Stevens Institute of Technology||Cross Country, Swimming, Outdoor Track|
|Danielle Blair||I||Conference USA||Alabama-Birmingham||Soccer|
|Michaela Calnan||III||New England Small College Athletic Conference||Bowdoin College||Field Hockey, Ice Hockey|
|Whitney Carlson||I||The Summit League||North Dakota State||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Catherine Carr||II||Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference||Holy Family||Basketball|
|Diane Da Silva||III||North Eastern Athletic Conference||College of St. Elizabeth||Basketball, Softball, Lacrosse|
|Audra Egenolf||I||Conference USA||Southern Methodist||Swimming|
|Hayley Emerick||III||Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference||Trinity (Texas)||Swimming|
|Molly Evans||III||University Athletic Association||Carnegie Mellon||Swimming|
|Kristina Frahm||I||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Maryland, Eastern Shore||Bowling|
|Shannon Gagne||II||Northeast-10 Conference||New Haven||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Stormi Gale||II||South Atlantic Conference||Wingate||Volleyball|
|Courtney Hammond||I||The Ivy League||Dartmouth||Skiing|
|Victoria Hansen||II||West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||West Liberty||Basketball|
|Nicole Horn||II||Independent||Henderson State||Swimming|
|Grace Johnson||I||Southeastern Conference||Georgia||Gymnastics|
|Colleen Kelly||III||New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference||Babson||Field Hockey|
|Hewenfei Elwen Li||II||Pacific West Conference||BYU-Hawaii||Tennis|
|Marcia McCord||III||Empire 8||Ithaca||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Maya Moore||I||Big East||Connecticut||Basketball|
|Alida Muller-Wehlau||II||Peach Belt Conference||Armstrong Atlantic State||Tennis|
|Samantha Murphy||II||Pacific West Conference||Grand Canyon||Basketball|
|Katalin Navarre||III||North Coast Athletic Conference||Denison||Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Maria Peloquin||III||Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Wisconsin, Eau Claire||Cross Country, Indoor Track|
|Kelly Phillips||I||Atlantic Coast Conference||Virginia Tech||Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Barbara Pocza||II||Sunshine State Conference||Barry||Tennis|
|Sarah Stephens||III||Capital Athletic Conference Inc.||Frostburg State||Tennis, Volleyball|
|Renee Tomlin||I||Big East||Georgetown||Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track|
|Kelsey Ward||II||Great Lakes Valley Conference||Drury||Swimming|