UAlbany Student-Athletes Rachel Bowles and Kelly Costello Nominated for 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year
The NCAA Woman of the Year award, according to its mission statement, honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Bowles, a member of the women’s lacrosse team, and Costello, a player on the softball team, are UAlbany’s nominees this year.
Rachel Bowles, from Cicero, N.Y., earned all-conference honors all four years at UAlbany at midfield, being placed on the Tewaaraton Watch List her final two seasons. In 2016, Bowles earned 49 points off 37 goals and 12 assists, ranking top-10 in the America East in goals and points per game, adding 16 ground balls. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2015 and returned for a fifth-year after redshirting in 2012, standing with a 3.64 GPA in graduate school, majoring in social welfare. In 2015, Bowles earned a place on the tryout pool for the United States national team.
Kelly Costello, a native of Windsor, N.Y., was a four-time all-conference pick at second base. This season, Costello finished the year with a .333 batting average with 48 hits, 23 runs batted in, nine doubles, and three home runs, starting all 52 games. Costello also led the team and ranked second in the America East with 46 runs scored. A three-time All-Academic selection, Costello accrued a 3.52 cumulative GPA as an actuarial & mathematical science major with a minor in economics and sociology. Costello also earned the 2015-16 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award for softball.
UAlbany is the only America East member with multiple student-athletes being nominated this season, having two of the conference’s 10. In total, 517 student-athletes, including 231 from Division I, across all NCAA divisions have been nominated for the Woman of the Year award.
Each conference will select two nominees from its member schools, then the NCAA Woman of the Year committee will take 10 from each division to total 30 honorees. That list of 30 will be reduced to nine, then the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 16th at the NCAA headquarter city of Indianapolis.