INDIANAPOLIS, IND – Nine Peach Belt Conference student-athletes were among the 585 nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday. The 585 total nominees, coming from all three divisions, are the most in NCAA history as are the nine from the Peach Belt Conference. The NCAA began the Woman of the Year program in 1991.
Columbus State and Flagler had two nominees each while UNC Pembroke, North Georgia and Georgia College had one. The PBC also had track & field nominees from associate members Embry-Riddle and Nova Southeastern.
CSU's Brooke Nail was named the PBC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The women's soccer player from Douglasville, Ga., graduated cum laude with a degree in political science. She recently passed her LSAT and will begin law school this fall at Mercer University.
A four-year starter, Nail played multiple positions for the Lady Cougars throughout her career. Nail started as a defender and was a key component to one of the nation's best defensive backlines. As her career progressed, so did the offense for the Douglasville native. Nail scored a pair of goals in her sophomore and junior seasons before moving up top and exploding for seven in 2018.
CSU's Tatiana Wayne was named the 2017-18 PBC women's basketball Player of the Year and was a second-team All-Conference selection this past season. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native graduated in May with a degree in health science.
In four years on the court at Columbus State, Wayne scored 1,323 points with 362 rebounds and 125 assists. She led the PBC in scoring in 2017-18 and was second in the PBC this year.
Flagler softball player Megan Miller was named to the PBC All-Academic team four times and the PBC Presidential Honor Roll four times. The Land O'Lakes, Fla., native graduated with a degree in business this past May, completing a career that saw her amass 68 base hits, score 63 runs and steal 25 bases.
Tabitha Odabe completed her women's basketball career at Flagler with 221 career blocked shots, third-most in PBC history. The native of Keystone Heights, Fla., was third in the nation in blocked shots in 2018-19 and lead the PBC in rebounds. She was named the PBC Defensive Player of the Year two times and was a two-time All-Conference selection. Off the court, she was twice named a PBC Presidential Honor Roll scholar and graduated in May with a degree in sociology.
UNCP women's soccer player Carly Rochelle was twice named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll, once as a gold scholar and once as a silver scholar. From Maple Hill, N.C., she was also twice named PBC All-Academic and graduated this spring with a degree in exercise & sport science. On the field, Rochelle played in 55 career games with 51 starts, scoring nine goals with 11 assists.
North Georgia women's soccer player Renee VanHorn graduated in the spring of 2019 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Finishing her undergraduate career with a 3.73 GPA, she was named to the PBC All-Academic Team three times and the Presidential Honor Roll three times as well, earning a gold, silver and bronze scholar. She was also awarded the Women of UNG Leadership Recognition Award in 2018 as one of the top ten student leaders at North Georgia. On the field, she was named All-Region three times and All-Conference twice, leading the Nighthawks to a regular season championship in 2017. She was also named the PBC Player of the Week three times.
Georgia College goalkeeper Ashlee Graham was named a Google Cloud Academic All-District selection. From Decatur, Ga., she has been named PBC All-Academic three times, PBC Presidential Honor Roll three times and received the D2ADA Academic Achievement award. She graduated with a degree in exercise science.
Twice named to the PBC All-Conference team, she led the PBC in shutouts, minutes, saves and save percentage in 2018 and was second in goals against average. Her 348 career saves is fifth on the PBC all-time career list. She is also 12th in all-time career shutouts and 13th in career goals against average.
Pole vaulter Tarra Keating graduated from Embry-Riddle with a degree in civil engineering this spring. Twice named to the PBC All-Academic team, the native of Chuluota, Fla., won the pole vault at the 2019 PBC Championships to earn All-Conference honors. She also placed sixth in the heptathlon and was 10th in the javelin as ERAU won their second straight PBC title. Keating had the second-highest vault in the PBC this season at 3.35 meters at the UNF Invitational.
Nova Southeastern's Maddy Kenyon finishes her NSU career as the Peach Belt Conference heptathlon record holder at 4,990 points, earning four total medals over the past two years at the Peach Belt Championships – including the 2018 heptathlon title. Kenyon arrived at NSU after two years at Army West Point. Kenyon has earned her NSU degree in Exercise and Sport Science. She intends to remain at NSU and pursue her master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science.
PBC Nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year
Ashlee Graham, Georgia College, Soccer
Tarra Keating, Embry-Riddle, Track & Field
Maddy Kenyon, Nova Southeastern, Track & Field
Megan Miller, Flagler, Softball
Brooke Nail, Columbus State, Soccer
Tabitha Odabe, Flagler, Basketball
Carly Rochelle, UNC Pembroke, Soccer
Renee VanHorn, North Georgia, Soccer
Tatiana Wayne, Columbus State, Basketball
NCAA Woman of the Year
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 nominees from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.