INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA announced the finalists for 2017 Woman of the Year recently, with Georgia College Tennis’ Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) and Bobcat Softball’s Faith Flanders (Dublin, Georgia) listed among the Division II nominees.
Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. The Bobcat pair had their nominations selected to represent the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
“We are excited for both Faith and Macy,” said GC Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. “Both student-athletes are prime examples of the type of graduates that come from Georgia College every year. Our university mission produces graduates that are well-rounded and ready to contribute to their respective communities immediately after graduation. We’re proud of their accomplishments at Georgia College, and look forward to their accomplishments after graduation. These three student-athletes excelled academically socially and athletically, the three primary areas that make for a valuable student-athlete experience.”
Finishing with a 3.88 GPA in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, Polk was also a stalwart at the top of the lineup for Bobcat Tennis all four seasons, totaling 155 career victories, including 70 in singles action. Polk was a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, and a three-time PBC All-Academic Team selection. She was twice named All-PBC Second Team in singles.
Flanders posted a 3.59 GPA in Exercise Science while powering the Bobcat offense for the last four years. A two-time All-Southeast Region selection at first base, she also made a pair of appearances on All-PBC teams in her career. As a senior, she added her top academic honor, being chosen to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. She finished with over 200 hits in her career, was third in school history in RBIs, sixth in home runs and ninth in batting average.
A record 543 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III.
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 will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school 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 nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine. The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony October 22 in Indianapolis.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.