NEW HAVEN, Conn. (August 1, 2017) -- Former Holy Family University two-sport standout Sienna Smith on Tuesday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference's (CACC) nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman-of-the-Year Award. The announcement was made by the NCAA, as Smith is one of 145 female student-athletes (across all divisions) who were nominated by their respective conferences and an independent selection committee to be considered for the prestigious honor.
The nominees represent college athletes from 16 different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 58 nominees competed in Division I, 34 in Division II and 53 in Division III.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
Smith, a recent graduate from Pottsville, Pa., had an amazing career for the Tigers, as she was a standout in both women's soccer and track & field. In soccer, Smith was the goalkeeper for the Tigers and helped backstop HFU to a berth in the 2016 CACC Women's Soccer Championship semifinals. She was named to the All-Tournament Team for leading Holy Family to the semis.
Prior to the semis, at the annual CACC Women's Soccer Championship Banquet, Smith earned the Top XV Award for having the highest cumulative grade point average of all soccer competitors at the finals site. She owned a perfect 4.0 GPA in her major of biology, as that mark also allowed her to earn the Top XV Award at the women's track & field championship back in May.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Thomas Jefferson University, Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.