Miami’s McCormack Among NCAA Woman of the Year Finalists

Nine candidates remain in contention for honor to be announced Oct. 16

GREENSBORO, N.C.  (theACC.com) – Atlantic Coast Conference nominee Kara McCormack of Miami is among the nine finalists announced Tuesday for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA will announce the 2016 Woman of the Year during the program’s awards event on Sunday, October 16, in Indianapolis. Now in its 26th 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. 
“Kara is a terrific representative of the University of Miami and the Atlantic Coast Conference," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "She is certainly deserving to be among the finalists for this prestigious honor, and joins an esteemed list of outstanding female ACC student-athletes that have been previously recognized."
McCormack, a standout diver for the Hurricanes, joined fellow ACC student-athlete Lauren Blazing of the Duke field hockey team 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.

McCormack was one of three Miami divers to qualify for the 2016 NCAA Championships. A three-time All-American and the 2013 ACC Women’s Diver of the Year, McCormack competed in 1-meter (258.75) and 3-meter (282.75) dives at the 2016 NCAAs after missing all of the previous season recovering from surgery. The Austin, Texas, native competed in the 2012 United States Olympic Trials for diving and became the first diver in program history to win the high point award at the 2014 United States Diving Winter Nationals.

A mathematics major who holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Miami, McCormack is now pursuing her Ph.D. with a focus on medical field research. A four-time member of the All-ACC Academic Swimming & Diving Team and the ACC Honor Roll, McCormack has served as Miami’s ACC Student Athletic Advisory Council representative and a USA Diving Rule Committee athlete representative. Her other activities include the “pen pal” program at a local elementary school and work with the National Parks Service.

McCormack and Blazing emerged as the ACC’s 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year candidates following a vote of the league’s 15 member schools. The strong list of ACC nominees also included Boston College’s Haley Skarupa (ice hockey), Duke’s Megan Clark (track & field), Florida State’s Hannah Acton (track & field), Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell (swimming & diving), Miami’s Stephanie Wagner (tennis), North Carolina’s Paige Neuenfeldt (volleyball and basketball), NC State’s Alexis Perry (track & field) and Kaitlyn Kramer (cross country and track & field), Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel (cross country and track & field), Pitt’s Amanda Orchard (volleyball), Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor (lacrosse) and Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew (swimming & diving).

NCAA member colleges and universities nominated a record 517 female student-athletes – the most ever in the history of the program – for this year’s Woman of the Year award. Among the nominees, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III. The nominees represent 21 different women’s NCAA sports, and 127 of the nominees competed in more than one sport in college.

Virginia’s Peggy Boutilier was honored as the 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year, while Wake Forest’s Annie Bersagel was recognized in 2006 and Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Tucker in 2014. 

About the ACC 
The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 64th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to build upon the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athletics and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).