TUCSON – Although Brigetta Barrett has graduated from the University of Arizona with honors and began her professional career, she will try to claim another accolade for herself and the university. On Tuesday, the NCAA announced the top 30 honorees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Barrett is one of those 30 women.
Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top 30, spanning various NCAA sports. In September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award. The 2013 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.
Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.79 grade-point average and nearly 50 Academic All-America honors. The top 30 earned 12 national championships (individual and team) and more than 80 All-America honors. The top 30 volunteered for 365 organizations during their college careers. Many served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations.
Anna Soho, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair, described the extraordinary commitment to academics and athletics by each of the top 30 honorees.
“These distinguished women are truly quintessential NCAA student-athletes, demonstrating dedication not only to athletic achievement but academic excellence and community leadership as well,” said Soho. “The NCAA applauds their achievements, and we know that they will continue to be role models and make a positive impact on the world.”
Barrett has served in several leadership positions, including being selected the co-President of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was a team captain on the Wildcat track and field squad. She is also currently the co-President of the Committed to Christ student group on campus. Voted UA's Homecoming Queen this year, she continues to participate in several community service efforts, including Mentor Kids USA, a program that encourages young girls to pursue education and self-respect; Susan G. Komen with specific focus on helping to promote and facilitate race-day coordination; and Students on Stage, where she mentors fellow students and helps create an environment where they can express themselves and achieve common artistic goals.
Looking to eventually pursue a career in the performing arts, Barrett has been invited to sing the National Anthem at numerous sporting events, including the 2012 Pac-12 Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships, the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a Diamondbacks baseball game, the Fiesta Bowl and Arizona football games. She has also sung the National Anthem at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, the State of the City address where she was invited by the mayor of Tucson, and at different high schools where she also has talked about the importance of academic success.
Barrett is also a finalist for The Bowerman, the award given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes in collegiate track & field. She was named the 2013 Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Year for the first time in her career. Barrett was also named the USTFCCCA National Women's Field Athlete of the Year this season, the first time she received that honor as well. She also was named the 2013 Women's West Region Field Athlete of the Year. Also, Barrett was named the 2013 Pac-12 Woman of the Year.
Barrett left Arizona as the most successful women's collegiate high jumper ever. She won her sixth-straight NCAA Championship in the women's high jump in June Eugene, Ore. The last three indoor titles and the last three outdoor titles belong to Barrett. Barrett is the first woman in collegiate history to win three-straight indoor and outdoor titles. She also owns the most high jump titles in collegiate history with six. Barrett is the second woman in collegiate history to win three-straight outdoor titles; former Wildcat Tanya Hughes is the other. Hughes accomplished the feat in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Barrett is also the outdoor collegiate record holder in the event with a clearance of 6-6.25 (1.99m). On Saturday, Barrett claimed the silver medal at the 2013 IAAF World Championships with a clearance of 6-6.75 (2.00m). Her personal-best clearance of 6-8.25 (2.04m) at the USA Championships is the No. 2 jump in U.S. history and was good for second-straight USA Championship.For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and follow @ArizonaTrack on twitter.