The Top 30 honorees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award were named by the Woman of the Year selection committee and Tufts University's Colleen Doolan is among the candidates.
The Top 30 honorees were selected from an initial pool of 585 school nominees, a program record. From there, the pool was narrowed by conference offices and a selection committee to move forward 151 nominees for consideration. The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions, and each has demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including neuroscience, anthropology, economics, chemical engineering, political science and communication.
"This year's 30 honorees are remarkable women, representing well the thousands of women competing each year in college sports," said Karen Baebler, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and assistant athletics director for sport operations at the University of Washington. "They have excelled in sports and academics while serving their peers and communities, and we congratulate them for their many achievements."
In early October, the selection committee will announce the nine finalists, made up of three women from each NCAA division. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis. Doolan will join all the Top 30 honorees and for the announcement of the 2019 Woman of the Year at an awards dinner Sunday, October 20, at the Westin Indianapolis.
From Northbrook, Illinois, Doolan graduated early from Tufts in February 2019 with summa cum laude honors as a biology and community health major. She is currently studying full-time at Tufts University School of Medicine. Last May Doolan was selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically.
Twice during her years at Tufts Doolan took trips to developing nations to help provide medical services - last August to Gramothe, Haiti and during the summer 2016 to Cape Coast, Ghana. She was also a member of Tufts' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), participating on SAAC's student-athlete experience committee.
Doolan was part of Tufts' 800 freestyle relay whose ninth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships with a 7:31.14 time was the best relay finish in the Tufts program's recent history. She also swam with the 400 freestyle relay which had a school-record time of 3:28.22 at NCAA's. Doolan was 21st individually in the 200 butterfly (2:05.24) at the national championships. She helped head coach Adam Hoyt's Jumbos finish 16th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships, the highest place for the program since the team was also 16th in 1990.
One of seven New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) student-athletes nominated for the award, Doolan was then one of just two who were submitted by the NESCAC office to the NCAA as the conference's nominees. She is now the only NESCAC student-athlete among the Top 30 honorees.
Parts of release courtesy of NCAA