The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) has announced that Clare Slagel ‘16 has been selected as the league’s nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. This year, NCAA member colleges and universities nominated 517 female student-athletes – the most ever in program history.
Following the initial nomination process, each conference is required to select its nominee and forward that nominee to the Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 honorees in each division. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
Slagel completed her career as the most decorated swimming athlete in Luther history. Eight times she earned All-America honors, including capturing national championships in the 200 backstroke (2014) and 100 backstroke (2015).
Slagel graduated with a biology degree and a grade point average of 3.92. She is the only Luther student-athlete to be named to the NCAA III College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Team three times.
Slagle is the daughter of Daniel and Karen Slagel of Dubuque, Iowa