From Emory University Athetics
Emory University’s Gabrielle Clark (Chicago, IL) and
Megan Light (Atlanta, GA) are among two of the 446 nominees for the
2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Clark recently captured her second NCAA Division III women’s tennis singles championship,becoming just the fifth player in Division III Women’s Tennis history and the second in the program’s history to win multiple singles titles over a career. She was named the Senior Player of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), just the second Emory player to earn that distinction, and was chosen as the University Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Player for the third time. She finished the year with a 24-4 singles record (19-0 vs. D-III opposition) and posted a 25-9 slate in doubles action in helping Emory to its sixth national title. Career-wise, she finished with a singles mark 108-21, with her victory total the second most in program history, while establishing herself as the Eagles’ all-time leader in doubles wins with a 111-34 ledger.
Light helped the softball team to an overall record of 39-9 that included a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals, socking a school-season record 19 home runs, good for second place nationally. Tabbed as a First Team All-American for the second straight year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, she concluded the campaign as the UAA’s leading hitter with a .463 performance at the plate, collecting a team-leading 68 hits in 147 plate appearances. In addition to her home run total, she set school season marks in runs scored (56), RBIs (65), total bases (145) and slugging percentage (.986). Named the UAA’s Player of the Year for the second straight season and third time in her career, she chalked up a team-high 22 multi-hit contests. She closed out her four-year career ranked among the school's all-time top 10 in 12 offensive categories including first with 47 home runs, 230 hits, 60 doubles, 224 RBIs, 435 total bases and a .812 slugging percentage.
Of the total number of nominees, 205 competed in Division I, 75 competed in Division II, and 166 competed in Division III athletics. Each NCAA member institution is allowed to nominate up to two student athletes. Each conference then selects up to two women from the nominees to represent the conference. The Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division – from the conference nominees.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will then vote from among the finalists to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 19.
To view the list of school nominees, click here.