INDIANAPOLIS – An all-ACC selection earlier this year, Georgia Tech softball’s Emily Anderson was nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. A record 581 female college athletes were nominated by NCAA member schools for the award this year.
Anderson, a pitcher from LaGrange, Ga., earned her third all-ACC academic honor this season after being named to the ACC all-academic team for the third-straight season. A four-time ACC academic honor roll recipient, Anderson graduated in May with a degree in biology.
Also named to the all-ACC second team in May, she led the Jackets with 19 wins in the circle, including six complete-game shutouts. Anderson, who led the Jackets in all pitching categories with a season ERA of 2.24, ranks fourth in the Georgia Tech record book for career strikeouts with 462. She recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts in Tech’s extra-inning victory over DePaul on March 2.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award, established in 1991, honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The nominees competed in 20 different women’s sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 251 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 199 from Division III.
Conferences will now select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will 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 the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.