INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 22, 2015) – Former Sewanee Tiger Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete and Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Woman of the Year Bronte Goodhue has been named to the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award list.
Goodhue is one of 480 female scholar-athletes on the list. Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II, and 180 competed in Division III athletics.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.
Over her career, Goodhue embodied a true scholar-athlete. She garnered three consecutive SAA Player of the Year awards, the only scholar-athlete in league history to do so. She also piloted the Sewanee's women's tennis team to four consecutive top-20 finishes in the national rankings while garnering All-America status the past three seasons. Goodhue was also a five-time ITA All-American.
In the classroom, Goodhue graduated at the top of her class with a 4.08 grade-point average (GPA). The 2015 Valedictorian was a four-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Scholar-Athlete. In 2014, she was awarded the ITA Regional Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership award for her selfless and admirable contributions to the game.
Additionally, Goodhue dedicated much of her time in volunteer opportunities while serving on the Alumni Leadership Council.
Regionally, Goodhue earned the 2015 ITA Most Improved Senior Player of the Year honor while being a four-time All-SAA First-Team selection and four-time All-SAA All-Academic honoree.