INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA announced today the 10 finalists for the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. This award recognizes young women in intercollegiate athletics for their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community service.

The 10 finalists for the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year award include an Olympian; a Rhodes Scholar finalist; two NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients; and the female winner of the Walter Byers Scholarship, the NCAA's highest academic honor.

This year's finalists, who have an average grade-point of 3.784 on a 4.0 scale, graduated or will graduate with degrees in majors such as cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, psychology and arts and humanities.

Six of the 10 finalists are NCAA champions or members of national championship teams, one was a three-sport collegiate athlete, and another is a multiple medalist at the World University Games. They are volunteers who assisted the blind, walked horses carrying disabled children, helped at a South African shelter and worked with young people at numerous camps and clinics.

Of the finalists, six are from Division I member institutions, two from Division II and two from Division III. They competed in a variety of sports, including cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, swimming and diving and softball.

For a list of finalsists and their bios, click hereclick here.

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