Former Pitt-Johnstown volleyball player Abby Gearhart (Elton, Pa.) has been selected to represent the WVIAC as the conference’s honoree for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year award. NCAA schools nominated 452 individuals for the national award, which reflects the growth in opportunity for women to achieve as students, leaders, and athletes.
This award honors senior student-athletes who distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Every NCAA member institution was encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete.
A selection committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and conferences will select 10 nominees from each division to form the Top 30 nominees. The selection committee will narrow down the Top 30 to three finalists from each division. From the nine remaining finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner. The recipient will be announced during the 2010 Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on October 17, 2010. The NCAA Woman of the Year award, now in its 20th year, honors female student- athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. The 2009 NCAA Woman of the year was University of Arizona women’s swimming student-athlete Lacey Nymeyer.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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