Four Women Represent ACC as NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

Aug. 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS & GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Four student-athletes from Atlantic Coast Conference schools are nominees for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award as announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association today. Virginia's Sarah Borchelt (rowing) and Florida State's Kim Williams (track & field) are listed as conference nominees, while NC State's Jess Panza (gymnastics) and Duke's Becca Ward (fencing) are independent nominees as their sports are not covered within traditional conferences.

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. From the 429 nominees, the top 10 will be chosen for each division. Three finalists will be chosen to make up the final nine finalists. The national winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event on October 14, 2012 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Below is more information about the four women from ACC schools:

Borchelt helped Virginia's rowing team capture the 2012 NCAA Championship and ACC Championship. The Sterling, Mass. native was named the ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the year in both 2011 and 2012 and is a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Rowing team. Borchelt also earned Academic All-America honors, is a three-time College Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete and is a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Williams, a track & field student-athlete, competed in both indoor and outdoor triple jump and long jump while at Florida State. The Kingston, Jamaica native won both the indoor and outdoor ACC titles in triple jump all four years in addition to capturing other ACC and NCAA championships. The two-time ACC Field Performer of the Year also earned many academic honors, including being named both an NCAA and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for two years and received an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.

Panza, a gymnast, earned All- East Atlantic Gymnastics League first-team honors on bars, floor and beam for the 2012 season, after finishing eighth or better in every event to claim third a third place all-around finish at the EAGL Championship. In addition, the New York, N.Y. native received an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.

Ward, a fencing student-athlete, captured three individual NCAA Saber Championships during her career. In addition, the Portland, Ore. native garnered All-America honors all four years and won two bronze medals with Team USA at the 2008 Olympics. As Duke's 2011-12 female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Ward captured Academic All-America honors and received an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.