DOVER, Del. – The NCAA announced the nomination of Wesley College graduating senior Nina Marcano for its 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Marcano is one of the record 543 female student-athletes to be selected as a nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II, and 197 from Division III. The nominees competed in 21 different women's sports.
The Woman of the Year nomination is the latest in the string of awards for the senior captain. Marcano collected All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) First Team accolades as well as National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Second Team honors. She was also named Wesley's Female Athlete of the Year and a finalist for the Division III HERO of the Year by HERO Sports. Marcano led the CAC with 21 stolen bases, third in runs batted in (45), batting average (.452), tied for fourth in hits (57), tied for fifth in homers (6) and seventh in on-base percentage (.490). She was twice named the Fastpitch News National Player of the Week in 2017.
Marcano holds Wesley career records in runs scored, hits, runs batted in, triples and stolen bases. She also has single-season records in triples, hits and runs batted in.
Off the field, Marcano is a Dean's List student and a two-time member of the CAC All-Academic Team.
Along with her academic and athletic success, Marcano has spent time on the Wesley Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, mentoring in the Success for Life program and as the President of the Delaware State Education Association.
This marks the 27th year of the Woman of the Year Award program, which was established in 1991. The award program honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the Top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony on October 22 in Indianapolis.