Oct. 19, 2010
It's like a school winning the Heisman Trophy three out of four years. Or an institution snagging the John Wooden Award three times. Or taking home three Honda Awards in a short span.
At the University of Arizona, the third NCAA Woman of the Year Award in the past four years, and fourth overall, is a stupendous accomplishment. It was achieved Sunday night when former swimmer Justine Schluntz earned the prestigious honor in ceremonies in Indianapolis, home for NCAA headquarters.
Schluntz joined high jumper Tanya Hughes (1994), and swimmers Whitney Myers (2007) and Lacey Nymeyer (2009) as Arizona student-athletes accorded the association's top honor for competitive and scholastic achievement.
The UA can add 'NCAA Woman of Year U' to its 'Point Guard U' nickname.
When it comes to bearing down, there are few ultimate accomplishments as rigorously contested as the NCAA honor. Think of the pool of candidates -- every top female student-athlete in the nation. These are people who move on to fulfill dreams in all forms, more or less underscoring the NCAA's advertisement about student-athletes becoming professional in endeavors other than sports.
The four NCAA Woman of the Year winners and UA's rich tradition of Honda winners - 11 in all - put a special spin on a week when part of Homecoming Weekend ceremonies pinpoint Women's Sports Legacy at the University.
Deputy athletic director Rocky LaRose will put on a showcase detailing the impact of Title IX on Arizona sports on Friday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Hillenbrand Auditorium.