The NCAA announced Thursday a record 147 NCAA female students that have been named 2015 Woman of the Year honorees by conferences and independent schools, with Minnesota swimmer Jessica Plant and Wisconsin golfer Kimberly Dinh earning recognition.
Plant, who was a 2015 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, is a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, a two-time Academic All-American, and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She received the Big Ten's Wayne Duke Scholarship award and was announced as one of the University of Minnesota's recipients of the Big Ten Conference postgraduate scholarship. Plant also earned Distinguished Scholar recognition this year with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.
Also earning 2015 Big Ten Medal of Honor accolades, Dinh was a Capital One Academic All-America First Team At-Large winner this season after being a second team Academic All-American last year. A three-time CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District first team honoree, Dinh was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree at Wisconsin and is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She also received a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship after graduating this spring with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in chemical engineering.
The Woman of the Year selection committee will next select the top 10 honorees in each division. These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2015 Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored and the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 18.
Now in its 25th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.