INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA released the conference nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year Tuesday, with Georgia College Tennis' Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) taking a spot on the list as the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) representative.
The NCAA's conferences pared the list down to 145 from a record 543 nominees over all three NCAA Divisions. Polk is one of just 34 remaining from the NCAA Division II level.
"I am very proud of Macy's involvement with our university and our tennis program," said Bobcat Tennis head coach Steve Barsby. "She was the ultimate student-athlete; committed to being successful both on and off the court. An achievement like this puts a cap on a truly holistic student-athlete experience."
Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Polk was selected from seven conference nominees to represent the Peach Belt.
Finishing with a 3.88 GPA in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, Polk was also a stalwart at the top of the lineup for Bobcat Tennis all four seasons, totaling 155 career victories, including 70 in singles action. A four-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete, she was also a three-time PBC All-Academic Team selection. Polk was twice named All-PBC Second Team in singles.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
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