INDIANAPOLIS—Anna Maria College field hockey player Kylie Dalbec '16 has been named a nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA has named 517 nominees this year.
A four-year member of the field hockey team, Dalbec graduated in May as the program's all-time leader in goals, assists, and points. She achieved similar success in the classroom, where she was a four-time honoree of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
This pool of school honorees marks the largest in the 26-year history of the award. Of the nominees for the national award, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics. The nominees also represent 21 different women's sports, and 127 of the nominees competed in more than one sport in college.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Next, conferences assess their member school nominees and select up to two conference nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
For more information and a complete list of nominees, visit the NCAA press release.