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20070612 Whitney Myers is Pac-10 Woman of the Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 12, 2007
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pacific-10 Conference today named Arizona swimmer Whitney Myers its 2006-07 Woman of the Year award winner. The Wildcat senior will represent the Conference as its nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

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A native of Oxford, Ohio, Myers is a 14-time record-holder at Arizona, earning her the 2006 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year award. She was the 2007 NCAA Champion in the 200 individual medley (1:54.89), and tallied a total of six first team All-American honors at the championships.

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Myers, most recently named the Phoenix Womenˇ?s Sports Association 2006-07 Female University Student-Athlete of the Year, holds four of the top spots on Arizonaˇ?s all-time performances list.

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Myers has excelled in the classroom as well, earning first-team Academic All-American and All-Pac-10 honors for four straight years (2004-07). She was also named an Arizona Academic Champion in 2006 and 2007.

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In addition to her athletic and academic accolades, Myers has been involved with the Pac-10's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the co-vice chair, as well as holding the title of co-President of the UA Student-Athlete Advisory Board. She also spends numerous hours volunteering her time as a reader at local elementary schools, organizing swim meets and working with low-income families.

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The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes for their cumulative collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. The top 10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III will be honored, and the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year announced at a dinner in Indianapolis October 27, 2007.

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Former UA track and field star Tanya Hughes won the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 1994, the UA's only student-athlete to garner the honor.

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The University of Arizona has two NCAA Woman of the Year Award finalists including diver Lori Detweiler in 1992 and pole vaulter Andrea Dutoit in 2001. The Association further honors state winners in the competition and UA has had Myers, Hughes, Detweiler and Dutoit win that award, along with softball star Jenny Dalton in 1996, softball's Leah O'Brien in 1997, track star Brianna Glenn in 2002 and runner Nicole Gurnicz in 2004. The award program was begun in 1991.

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The University of Arizona's NCAA Woman of the Year History:

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UA Winners: Whitney Myers (2007), Tanya Hughes (1994)

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UA Finalists: Myers, Hughes, Lori Detweiler (1992), Andrea Dutoit (2001)

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State Winners: Myers, Hughes, Detweiler, Dutoit, Jenny Dalton ('96), Leah O'Brien ('97), Brianna Glenn ('02), Nicole Gurnicz ('04)

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