Reilly One of 12 A-10 Nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year

Photo Credit: Justin Casterline
Photo Credit: Justin Casterline

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island rower Allie Reilly was one of 12 nominees from the Atlantic 10 for the prestigious 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the league announced Tuesday.

Reilly had a storybook year on the water, both for the University of Rhode Island and for Team USA in international competition. In addition to leading the Rams to their third Atlantic 10 title in four years, the All-Atlantic 10 First-Team selection won a pair of medals for the U.S. National team.

In June, Reilly won a gold medal as part of Team USA's PR3 Mixed Four boat at the World Rowing Cup II in Poznan, Poland. This came after she was a part of the silver medal-winning boat for Team USA at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

In between the two world events, Reilly set a world record while competing at the World Rowing Indoor Championships PR3 in Long Beach, Calif. She accomplished all of this while earning CRCA Scholar Athlete Award recognition for the second straight season as a Kinesiology major with a 3.60 grade-point average. Reilly qualifies for the PR3 category for para-rowing – which entails limited use in legs, trunk, and arms. She was born with extra fingers and toes, and surgery has limited her range of motion.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by the summer of 2019. A brief biography of each A-10 candidate, listed alphabetically by institution, is below.

Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school. The league's Senior Woman Administrators will vote on the institutional nominees and select the two athletes who will represent the Atlantic 10 Conference as 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Finalists.

The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will then identify the Top 30, 10 from each division, and then selects three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics then selects the winner from the nine finalists.

All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2019 Woman of the Year announced at the annual NCAA Woman of the Year Banquet at the Westin, Indianapolis, on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.