FSU’s Quigley Among NCAA Woman of the Year Finalists

Nine candidates remain in contention for honor to be announced Oct. 18

GREENSBORO, N.C.  (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference nominee Colleen Quigley of Florida State is among the nine finalists announced Friday for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA will announce the 2015 Woman of the Year during the program’s awards event on Sunday, October 18 in Indianapolis. Now in its 25th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year program honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. 

“I know I speak on behalf of the entire Atlantic Coast Conference in congratulating Colleen on being a finalist for this prestigious honor,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “Her record at Florida State as a student, an athlete and a community leader make her a most deserving candidate for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.”

NCAA member colleges and universities nominated a record 480 female student-athletes – the most ever in the history of the program – for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of the nominees, 207 competed at the Division I level, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.  Quigley, a standout at FSU in both cross country and track & field, joined fellow ACC student-athlete Savanah Leaf of Miami on the Top 30 list – 10 from each division – announced by the selection committee earlier this month.

The committee then determined the top three from each division to make up the nine overall finalists.

Quigley is a two-time winner of Florida State’s Golden Nole Award, which recognizes comprehensive excellence athletically and academically, as well as leadership and community service. The St. Louis native was named the 2015 USTFCCCA Women’s Outdoor Track Division I Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors in both indoor and outdoor track & field for the 2014-15 academic year. She became just the second student-athlete in ACC history to be recognized as the Scholar Athlete of the Year in three sports, having also been honored following the 2013 cross country season.

Quigley, who graduated last May with a degree in dietetics, earned Capital One Academic All-America honors each of the past two years. She earned All-ACC Academic distinction 12 times – four each in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. 

Her athletic accomplishments were equally impressive. She placed third at the 2015 USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where she lowered her ACC record in the 3000-meter steeplechase for the third time during the outdoor season with a third-place finish of 9:24.92. That feat came two weeks after she delivered the Seminoles’ first NCAA title in the event, posting the third-fastest time in collegiate history (9:29.32).

Quigley also won the ACC 1500-meter title and posted the third-fastest time collegiately in that event (4:11.61) during the regular season. She was named 2015 ACC Outdoor Women’s Track Performer of the Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Quigley and Leaf emerged as the ACC’s 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year candidates following a vote of the league’s 15 member schools. The strong list of ACC nominees also included Duke’s Elizabeth Williams (basketball), North Carolina’s Courtney Waite (lacrosse),  NC State’s Emily Weiman (softball), Notre Dame’s Anna Kottkamp (rowing), Pitt’s Brianna Kiesel (basketball) and Lauren Mills (swimming and diving), Syracuse’s Komal Safdar (tennis) and Virginia’s Courtney Swan (lacrosse). In addition, ACC member Boston College’s Emily Pfalzer (ice hockey) was recognized by the Hockey East Conference.

Former Notre Dame soccer standout Elizabeth Tucker was named the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. Virginia’s Peggy Boutilier received the honor in 1998, and Wake Forest’s Annie Bersagel was recognized in 2006.

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