Mercurio Among NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30
Three-time Nebraska track and field All-American Angela Mercurio has been selected as one of 30 honorees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.
Mercurio was chosen to the top 30 from a pool of 148 candidates across all three NCAA divisions (including 65 NCAA Division I students). A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Mercurio was a two-time Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team selection, as well as a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Earlier this year, she also was a recipient of both the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship. She graduated from Nebraska in May with a 3.99 GPA as a double major in biochemistry and women's & gender studies.
Mercurio was a four-year letterwinner on the Nebraska track and field team and was a three-time second-team All-American in the triple jump. She also earned the conference title in the event at the 2019 Big Ten Indoor Championships before going on to place ninth in the triple jump at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee, comprised of representatives from NCAA membership, will choose nine finalists — three from each division — from among Top 30 honorees, with the finalists revealed early next month. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will ultimately select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year recipient from those nine finalists, with the Top 30 honorees recognized and the award winner announced at a ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award has been presented annually since 1991 and recognizes the nation's top senior female student-athlete who has excelled in the award's four pillars of academics, athletics, service and leadership. Nebraska volleyball standout Billie Winsett-Fletcher is the only student from a current Big Ten school to have been chosen as NCAA Woman of the Year, receiving the award in 1996.
"This year's 30 honorees are remarkable women, representing well the thousands of women competing each year in college sports," said Karen Baebler, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and assistant athletics director for sport operations at the University of Washington. "They have excelled in sports and academics while serving their peers and communities, and we congratulate them for their many achievements."