NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Iona College graduate Theresa Harvey was one of 10 female student-athletes from MAAC member institutions nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award as announced by the NCAA on Monday.
Harvey was a two-sport standout for the Gaels as a swimmer and on the volleyball court. In the pool, she was a 12-time MAAC Championship finalist and holds the Gaels’ individual records in the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events. As a member of Iona’s volleyball team, Harvey finished her career second all time in digs. As a senior, she participated in the Wellspring Water Collection project, managing recycling bins on campus with proceeds going towards building and supplying fresh water wells in Africa.
In all, 455 female student-athletes were nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of those nominees, 214 participated in Division I, 90 participated in Division II, and 151 participated in Division III athletics.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
To be eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year award nominee must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2012-13 competitive season and received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2013 term. Nominees must also have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III and the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year will be honored at a dinner in Indianapolis October 20, 2013.
Canisius volleyball's Allison Severyn, Fairfield volleyball's Brianna Dixion and rower Molly Graffam Loyola soccer's Nichole Schiro, Manhattan volleyball's Julie Bies, Marist swimmer Kate Conard, Rider runner Megan Elgin, Saint Peter's runner Renee Brzyski and Siena volleyball's Lesli Akeo are among Harvey's compatriots from the MAAC nomination pool.