BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Christy Rogers (Bend, Ore.) of the MIT women's swimming and diving team has been selected, along with senior Ashante Little of Wheaton College, to represent the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as the league's nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The pair were chosen by a vote of the NEWMAC Athletic Directors at the league's annual meetings on Monday.
Rogers has recorded victories in seven different individual events at the NEWMAC championships over the course of her career and is the current NEWMAC record-holder in four events. She has also picked up 18 All-America honors and is a two-time Scholar All-America selection by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
She has spent time volunteering with the Children's Heart Fund, the Special Olympics and at the Boston Marathon and also served as a captain of the MIT swimming & diving team as a senior.
Rogers credits her experience as a student-athlete for instilling a number of positive leadership attributes. "Dedication, confidence, and responsibility are a few of many traits I have collected during my years in the pool," she remarked. "As a leader on the team, my goal was to show my teammates how much swimming has to offer and what they could gain. I'm grateful that applying the lessons I've learned outside of the water has helped me work collaboratively on projects, manage student workers on campus, and have the confidence to lead presentations at work."
Rogers and Little, along with nominees from all other conference nationwide, will be forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 honorees in each division. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year, which will be announced at the NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner in Indianapolis, Ind. in the fall. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.