Luther softball player Anna Strien has been nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award. NCAA member schools for this year’s honor nominated a record 581 female college athletes.
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program has celebrated the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions since 1991. 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.
Next, conference offices will select up to two conference nominees to move forward if at least one of the nominees is a woman of color or international student-athlete. The NCAA will notify each conference nominee, and all conference-round nominees will be announced on ncaa.org in early August.
Kate Patton of Central College and Ashlyn Bagge of Wartburg College were also nominated for this honor. (Click Here) for Iowa Conference release
The Iowa Conference's NCAA Woman of the Year representative will be selected by a vote from each of the nine league institution's female faculty athletic representative. The IIAC representative will be announced in late July.
Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.
The Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.
Following the 2018 softball season, Strien, a senior shortstop and 2014 graduate of Waterloo Columbus High School, was named a first-team NFCA All-American for the second consecutive year. With this honor she became only the second player in Luther history to be named a first-team all-American twice. Danielle Kittleson was selected a first-team honoree as a catcher (1989) and a pitcher (1990).
Strien, helped lead Luther to a third place finish at the national championships, its highest finish in school history. She finished the 2018 campaign batting (.424) with 50 RBI, both team highs. She was also credited with 18 doubles, 3 triples and 5 home runs. Defensively, she tallied 78 putouts, 110 assists and 12 errors for a fielding percentage of .940.
The Norse finished the 2018 campaign with a single season school record for wins posting a mark of 43-11.
Strien completed her career ranked first on Luther’s all-time lists for RBI (175), doubles (57), hit-by-pitch (43) and defensive assists (291). She also ranks second all-time for batting average (.438) seventh for walks (67) and eighth for triples (9).
Academically, she was a two-time second-team Academic CoSIDA All-America® selection as a political science major with a 3.75 GPA. She was also named an NFCA Scholar All-American four times and Iowa Conference Spring Sports All-Academic Team honoree three times.