The NCAA has announced the 130 conference and independent nominees for its 18th annual Woman of the Year award. The nominees represent all three divisions and have excelled in academics, athletics, leadership and community service.
Former Wayne State University women's player Ashley King is the College Hockey America nominee.
The top 10 honorees per Division will be announced later this month followed by the selection of the top three honorees per division. The Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on October 19.
Honorees are selected based on academic achievement, service and leadership activities, athletics excellence, and a personal statement describing benefits she has gained from her experience as a student-athlete.
To be eligible for this honor, female student-athlete must have earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and competed during the 2007-08 academic year. Each individual must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2008 spring season and carry a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
Last year, King was voted to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV University Division Women's At-Large Second Team. She earned the Deans' Award for having highest cumulative gpa of any student-athlete in the school of business administration. While serving as team captain in 2007-08, she played in all 34 games and recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists). King was one of five national finalists in the collegiate division for the John Wooden Citizen Cup, which is an award given for the most outstanding role model among athletes. She was also one of eight national finalists for the 2008 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is presented to college hockey's finest citizen.
A three-time CHA All-Academic team selection, she was named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (term gpa 3.5+) all eight semesters.
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