Former Emory University softball All-American Megan Light
is one of nine finalists for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year
The Woman of the Year award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
A committee of representatives from NCAA schools and
conferences selected the top nine finalists from a pool of 30
semifinalists. Those individuals were identified from an initial
pool of 446 conference and independent honorees representing all
three NCAA divisions and multiple sports.
A three-time All-American and the first player in program history to earn two first-team berths, Light established school season records with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs during the 2014 campaign. A four-time selection to the All-University Athletic Association First Team, she was tabbed as the conference’s Player of the Year three times. Career-wise, she hung up her Emory uniform ranked among the program’s all-time top 10 in 12 offensive categories including first in home runs (47), hits (230), doubles (60), RBIs (224), total bases (435) and slugging percentage (.812). Light also shined in the academic realm as she was chosen as the Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year in softball, while also receiving the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award. She graduated with an overall grade-point average of 3.96, majoring in Anthropology and Human Biology. She was also a 100 Senior Honorary, awarded by the Emory Alumni Association for up to 100 students in the senior class for being excellent models of citizenship and leadership.
The other Division III finalists are Alexa Baltes of Illinois Wesleyan University and Krista (Stoltz) Bellefeuille of University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the
national winner. The recipient of the 24th annual award will be
announced during the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event, to
be held Oct. 19 in Indianapolis.
It marks the third time since 2009 that Emory has had a finalist for the award with former volleyball All-American Dani Huffman (2009) and former swimming All-American Ruth Westby (2010), the previous honorees.
The nine finalists for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year are as follows:
Marisa Bast, Northwestern University (Softball)
Alyssa Hasslen, University of Arizona (Track & Field)
Elizabeth Tucker, University of Notre Dame (Soccer)
Ellen Chambers, Lynn University (Golf)
Jackie Sileo, Long Island University/LIU Post (Lacrosse)
Bailey Vrazel, Texas Woman’s University (Softball)
Megan Light, Emory University (Softball)
Alexa Baltes, Illinois Wesleyan (Basketball)
Krista (Stoltz) Bellefeuille, University of Northwestern-St. Paul (Volleyball)
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