Miklitsch Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Miklitsch Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

KINGSTON, R.I.Abbey Miklitsch is one of eight student-athletes from the Atlantic 10 Conference to be nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award, it was announced today.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Miklitsch graduated from Rhode Island this past May, double-majoring in psychology and criminology.  The list of honors that the native of York, Pa. has compiled throughout her time in Kingston is remarkable.

A 2016 Fulbright Scholarship winner,  Miklitsch was a Dean's List honoree and a member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of her eight semesters at URI.  She received the Outstanding Senior Academic Achievement Award from the sociology department and was inducted into Psi Chi and Alpha Kappa Delta international honor societies for psychology and sociology, respectively.  She will be headed to the University of Wisconsin to begin her studies toward a master's degree in rehabilitation psychology.

A 2015 finalist for the university's prestigious Robert A. Rainville Leadership Award, Miklitsch was a teaching assistant in the psychology department while also serving as an instructor for URI 101 - a mandatory class for all incoming freshmen.  From 2012-16, she was an executive chairperson with the Student Alumni Association and served as a leader for URI's Student-Athlete Orientation.

A former president of URI's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), she served as the A-10's representative to the NCAA Division I SAAC in 2015 and 2016.  Miklitsch was also a national committee member for the "It's On Us" National Student Advisory Committee and served as one of the Division I representatives on the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards.

As a student-athlete, Miklitsch rowed on the 3rd varsity 8 boat and was part of two Atlantic 10 Championship teams - including the 2013 squad that made the school's first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championship.

NCAA member schools have nominated 517 student-athletes for the 2016 Woman of the Year award.  This pool of school honorees marks the largest in the 26-year history of the award. Of the nominees for the national award, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics. The nominees also represent 21 different women's sports, and 127 of the nominees competed in more than one sport in college.
 
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 assess their member school nominees and select up to two conference 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 the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.