NCAA Woman Of The Year Top 30


The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee started with a record 581 school nominees. The first pairing included 154 individuals. Now, the Top 30 have been selected and on that list is Florida State’s Vanessa Freire.

Freire, a beach volleyball player, represents the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) in which the Seminoles compete.

A two-year captain of the team, Freire competed in three CCSA Conference Championships. She also saw two NCAA National title runs for Florida State. She is one of only six players in the program that has reached 100 career wins. Freire finished her 2018 season as an AVCA Volleyball All-American.

NCAA Woman Of The Year Nominee

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While at Florida State, Freire was Vice President of the school’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She also played a role in the Women in Leadership Development.

The NCAA selected her to represent Division I athletics at the 2016 Youth Leadership Program. The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace hosts the program.

Freire graduated from Florida State this year with a double major in marketing and advertising. She made either the Dean’s List, the ACC Honor Roll or the CCSA Honor Roll every one of her four years.

NCAA Woman Of The Year Nominee

The Top 30 honorees represent all three NCAA divisions, 10 from each. Nominees of their respective conferences have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

This year’s Top 30 have competed in 13 sports. They include majors in finance, biochemistry, microbiology, nursing, kinesiology and communication.

“These 30 women have demonstrated outstanding commitment to excelling in the classroom and in their sports while also serving their peers and communities”, said Sherika Montgomery, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee. “They represent the best and brightest of women competing in college and sports, and we’re thrilled to celebrate them and their achievements.”

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists in early October. From that list the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will choose the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year.

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