INDIANAPOLIS – Two University at Albany student-athletes from the Class of 2017, Mary Adeyeye and Laini Leindecker, have been selected as nominees for the 2017 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.
Adeyeye, a track & field student-athlete from Mohegan Lake, N.Y., helped guide the women's track & field program to eight conference championships since her freshman year. She holds the school record in the indoor pentathlon, and ranks third in program history in the outdoor heptathlon. Academically, Adeyeye has accumulated a 3.85 GPA studying Chemistry with a minor in Physics, and is a four-time America East All-Academic selection.
Leindecker, a volleyball student-athlete from New Philadelphia, Ohio, has accumulated a 3.71 GPA studying Human Biology with a minor in Psychology, and was named 2015 America East Co-Player of the Year, 2015 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and is a three-time America East All-Conference First Team and two-time America East All-Academic selection.
Four of the America East's nine member institutions including UAlbany each had two selections among the record 543 nominations. The America East as a whole had 13 selections. 229 of the 543 total nominations came from Division I.
Each conference will now select two nominees from its member schools, after which the NCAA Woman of the Year committee will take 10 from each division to total 30 honorees. From the list of 30, the committee will select the top three nominees from each division, to be announced in September. The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 22nd at the annual award ceremony in Indianapolis.