Portions of this release courtesy of the NCAA & Michigan Technological University Athletics Communications Department
INDIANAPOLIS --- Former Michigan Technological University women's basketball player Angela Guisfredi (Hubbell, Mich./Lake Linden-Hubbell) was named one of the two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "NCAA Woman of the Year" honorees.
More than 140 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across Divisions I, II and III have been selected as 2011 Woman of the Year nominees by their athletic conferences and by independent institutions.
The Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. 2010 Woman of the Year Justine Schluntz was an NCAA swimming champion and 2010 Rhodes Scholar from the University of Arizona.
Guisfredi helped the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team to three straight NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships and an NCAA runner-up finish in 2011. She earned GLIAC All-Academic Team accolades three times and was the NCAA Elite 88 Award Winner for Division II women’s basketball. Guisfredi set a school record and led the GLIAC in 3-point percentage at 50.4 this past season. A 2011 GLIAC Commissioner’s Award recipient, she graduated this past spring with a 3.94 grade point average in exercise science. Guisfredi, and her husband Mike VanWagner, a former hockey player at Michigan Tech, will both attend medical school at Michigan State University in the fall.
Nomination submissions for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year program continue to grow, with a record 471 nominations received for this year’s program, an increase of 19 over last year. Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration. Each conference assesses the eligibility of its members’ nominees and selects at least one student-athlete to represent the conference. To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
With the 142 conference nominees selected, a committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and athletic conferences will select 10 nominees from each of the three divisions to compose the Top 30 nominees, who will be announced in late August. The selection committee will then narrow the Top 30 to three finalists from each division to form the Top Nine, which will be announced in early September. From the Top Nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner. The 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during the Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 16.