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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two student-athletes from Atlantic Coast Conference schools have been nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Florida State’s Amanda Winslow (track & field) and Miami’s Nrithya Sundararaman (volleyball) will represent the ACC in the national field of candidates.
The NCAA Women of the Year honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout the collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The 455 nominees will be pared down to 30, representing 10 from each division. From that pool, three from each division will be identified as the nine finalists. The national winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event on October 20, 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Every year, the NCAA encourages each member college and university to honor its top one or two graduating female student-athletes by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. Each conference then advances one or two women from the nominees to submit to the Woman of the Year selection committee.
Amanda Winslow, Florida State
A seven-time All-American, ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, team captain and school record-holder, Florida State senior distance runner Amanda Winslow has mastered the delicate balance of collegiate student-athlete with aplomb. She is a three-time All-American in cross country for coach Karen Harvey’s team place, which has placed in the top four at the NCAA Championship meet all four years. Winslow earned her second Indoor All-American honor in March when she was the runner-up in the mile as she posted the 10th-fastest time in NCAA history, which was gave her Florida State and ACC records. She capped her Outdoor career by claiming a second consecutive All-American honor in the 1500 meters, placing eighth earlier this month. Academically, Winslow has been a member of the All-ACC Academic team each of her four years in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Earlier this spring she was named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Indoor Track and later earned Capital One Academic All-Region honors for the second consecutive year, which qualifies her for Academic All-American honors. She will earn her degree in Sport Management later this summer – Winslow carries a cumulative GPA of 3.7 - after completing an internship with Nike in Oregon.
“It’s an incredible honor for Amanda to have been selected to represent FSU and the ACC as one of the NCAA Woman of the Year award nominees,” Florida State Interim Director of Athletics, Vanessa Fuchs said. “This is one of the most prestigious awards the NCAA bestows on a collegiate student-athlete and her selection as a nominee is a tribute to the tireless commitment she made to excelling in the classroom, on the track and in the community.”
Nrithya Sundararaman, Miami
A setter at Miami, Nrithya Sundararaman graduated magna cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. The Naperville, Ill., native plans to continue her education at Baylor College of Medicine in July with the hopes of becoming a doctor. On the court, Sundararaman led the league in assists with 10.72 per set and finished her career third in program history with 2,358. She earned honorable mention AVCA All-America, All-ACC and AVCA All-Region honors. Sundararaman was named the 2012 ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also headlined the 2012 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team and was named to the Capital One Academic All-American Second Team. Sundararaman’s achievements on the court and in the classroom were recognized by the University of Miami as she was named the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year.
“We are very proud of Nrithya’s achievements at the University of Miami,” Miami senior assosicate AD Jennifer Strawley said. “Beyond her success on the court, Nrithya was an accomplished scholar in the classroom, a leader in the university community and a mentor to her fellow students. She embodies everything we look for in a Miami student-athlete.”