Gabby Thomas (women's track and field) was nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA formally announced a record 585 female college athletes that have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Gabby Thomas '19 of women's track and field was among the nominations, which span NCAA Divisions I, II, and III.
Thomas, a native of Florence, Massachusetts, set numerous records at Harvard and currently holds the indoor records in the 60m (7.25), 200m (22.38), 300m (37.47), and is a member of the record holding 4x400m relay team. Gabby was just as prolific on the outdoor track, holding Harvard records in the 100m (11.19), 200m (22.32), long jump (6.27m), and setting school marks as a member of the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays. She was a five-time Heps Outstanding Performer of the Meet honoree, earning Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet four times (two indoor, two outdoor) and the 2018 Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet award.
During the 2017-18 indoor track season, Thomas became the first NCAA sprint champion in Ivy League history, winning the 200-meter dash while setting an NCAA indoor record, crossing the finish line in 22.38 seconds. She is a 25-time All-Ivy League athlete and an eight-time USTFCCCA All-American.
Thomas (neurobiology, global health and health policy) graduated in May, and was an Academic All-Ivy honoree during her time at Harvard. She was involved with the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, the WEBelieve Harvard Chapter, the Hyams Foundation, and the Harvard Caribbean Club, and earned the Radcliffe Prize in 2019.
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.
The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.