Julia Glynn (women's lacrosse) and Jing Leung (women's swimming and diving) were nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA formally announced a record 581 female college athletes that have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Senior Julia Glynn of women's lacrosse and senior Jing Leung of women's swimming and diving were among the nominations, which span NCAA Divisions I, II, and III.
Glynn an Inside Lacrosse All-America honorable mention and IWLCA All-Region selection, had a historic season for Harvard, serving as team captain. The Ivy League Attacker of the Year and a First Team All-Ivy selection, Glynn finished the year with 95 points (69 goals, 26 assists), the third most in a single season in program history. Her 69 goals are second-most in Harvard history as well. A team captain and Tewaaraton Award Watch List selection, Glynn became just the fifth Harvard student-athlete to reach 200 points for her career, finishing her four years with 136 goals and 66 assists. Off the field, Glynn was a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and Academic All-Ivy selection. She served as a volunteer for Adventures in Learning for underserved children in her hometown of Manhasset, while also helping with a record fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund and Vs. Cancer with her women's lacrosse teammates.
Leung, a three-time platform champion at NCAA Zone meet and the Ivy League Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver, served as team captain of the women's swimming and diving team. An Academic All-Ivy selection and four-time CSCAA Scholar All-America honoree, was also a Second Team All-Ivy selection on the three-meter board in 2017. Leung volunteered as part of Harvard's Thanksgiving Meal Packing Project and at the Y2Y Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. She was also the Student Reunions Coordinator at the Harvard Alumni Association and the Quincy House Green Representative.
Glynn (psychology) and Leung (statistics) both graduated in May.
The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 251 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 199 from Division III. The nominees competed in 20 different women's sports, and 109 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 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.