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INDIANAPOLIS - A record 543 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of those nominees, 64 represent softball.

Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III. The nominees competed in 21 different women’s sports, and 122 were multisport athletes during their time in college.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.

Next, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. 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 the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.

The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.

2017 NCAA Woman of the Year softball nominees

First Name Last Name School Sport(s)
Jesse Applehans Cornell College Softball
Tayler Barcomb Coker College Softball
Amanda Blackwell Georgia State University Softball
Samantha Blum Whittier College Softball
Samantha Bost Lebanon Valley College Soccer, Softball
Tiffany Brooks Shaw University Softball, Volleyball
Haley Broomell Neumann University Softball
Kristen Candelaria St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball
Mary Caron University of Southern Maine Softball
Courtney Case Le Moyne College Softball
Kristen Clark University of California, Santa Barbara Softball
Marie Collop Berry College Softball
Mary-Clare Couillard Hamline University Softball
Rachel Couto Worcester State University Softball
Amber Dietrich Cabrini College Softball
Alyssa Domico Dominican University (Illinois) Softball
Maddie Dow Southern Arkansas University Softball
Danielle Duman Linfield College Softball
Nicole Evans University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Softball
Zoe Fanolis Southern Connecticut State University Field Hockey, Softball
Brittany File Emory University Softball
Faith Flanders Georgia College Softball
Hannah Flippen University of Utah Softball
Megan Good James Madison University Softball
Amanda Gosbeth University of Illinois at Springfield Softball
Madysen Grimm Kent State University Softball
Jalissa Gum Arkansas Tech University Softball
Lindsay Gurska Worcester Polytechnic Institute Softball
Holly Haberkorn Benedictine University (Illinois) Softball
Tyler Harrison University of Alabama in Huntsville Softball
Rebecca Hartley Troy University Softball
Morgan Hasty Johnson C. Smith University Softball, Volleyball
Haley Hayden University of Louisiana at Lafayette Softball
Elaine Heflin University of Illinois at Chicago Softball
Carlee Henderson East Central University Softball
Laura Lawson Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Field Hockey, Softball
Stephanie Lewis Jacksonville State University Softball
Amanda Lochte Texas Lutheran University Softball
Jessica Long Averett University Softball
Kayla Lynch Salem International University Softball
Nina Marcano Wesley College Softball
Jenny McTague Lake Forest College Softball
Taylor Mohr Rosemont College Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball
Lauren Moore University of North Carolina Wilmington Softball
Alena Moreno St. Mary's University (Texas) Softball
Jayme Perez East Texas Baptist University Softball
Madison Perez Whitworth University Softball
Jeanie Perrucci Young Harris College Softball
Sydney Ponto Caldwell University Softball
Alexandra Powers Florida State University Softball
Morgan Rathman Missouri Western State University Softball
Ryan Rector University of South Carolina Upstate Softball
Nicole Ries Minnesota State University, Mankato Softball
Lydia Ritchie East Carolina University Softball
Alexis Schiff University of La Verne Softball
Sydney Slusser Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball
Gabrielle Snyder University of Dayton Softball
Carly Sobrilsky Concordia University Wisconsin Softball
Lydia Stariha Grinnell College Basketball, Softball
Kierin Stevens The University of Texas at Tyler Softball
Hannah Tavik Frostburg State University Softball
Kristen Turner Iona College Softball
Megan Warren Defiance College Softball
Amanda Witzlib Luther College Softball

-- Courtesy of the NCAA

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