NESCAC Announces NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

NESCAC Announces NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

A total of eight women, representing seven institutions, have been nominated to represent the NESCAC as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. A committee of conference administrators will select the NESCAC’s representative for the award. Additionally, two skiers from Bowdoin College and Colby College have been nominated and will be part of a separate pool of nominees selected by an NCAA committee since the NESCAC does not sponsor skiing as a conference sport.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found here.

Hannah Cole, Williams College

Hannah Cole, a native of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., was awarded her degree in chemistry earlier this month. A three-sport athlete at Williams College, she competed on the women’s cross country, Nordic skiing, and outdoor track and field teams.

Cole was a member of seven NESCAC Championship teams and the 2015 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship squad. Individually, she was a two-time All-American in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase, including a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and a two-time All-American in cross country, including a fourth-place showing at the 2015 NCAA Championships. She also was a member of the Ephs’ first-place 4x800 relay team at the 2015 NESCAC Track & Field Championships. As a member of the Nordic ski team, Cole helped Williams finish in the top-10 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) all four years, while she qualified for the NCAA Championships twice in her career.

Cole, an eight-time Dean’s List student, won the Class of 1925 Scholar Athlete Award, which is awarded annually to recognize a senior woman athlete whose commitment and excellence in athletics and scholarship are an inspiration to the Williams community. She was awarded the Robert M. Steifler Scholarship twice and she was honored with the Frederick C. Hagedorn, Jr. Scholarship in 2016. Cole was a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree and garnered individual academic accolades from the USTFCCAA three times.

Along with her athletic endeavors, Cole was a member of the Ephs for Christ group and spent time volunteering in the emergency room at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. She also served on the Williams SAAC, representing the cross country team.

Hannah Cole
Ali Doswell, Amherst College

A guard on the Amherst College women’s basketball team, Ali Doswell (Richmond, Va.) received her degree in physics and psychology. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors in 2017 and was a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. She was the recipient of the Howard Hill Mossman Trophy, which is awarded to a member of the Amherst senior class who has brought the greatest honor in athletics to the Alma Mater through both achievement and sportsmanship, and a Jostens Finalist.

Doswell helped the Mammoths cap off a perfect 33-0 record by winning the NCAA Division III Championship, as she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four. Doswell, the 2017 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III and NESCAC Player of the Year, concluded her career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,572 points, and ranks in the program's top-10 in rebounds with 334 assists (6th) and 664 boards (8th). She also set the program's record for three-pointers made (273). Over the course of her collegiate career, Amherst went 114-10. Doswell is one of 11 finalists for the Division III Honda Woman Athlete of the Year after being named the Division III Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for basketball by The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).

Off the court, Doswell has been actively involved in the community. She worked as a team leader at A Better Chance Tutoring, Habitat for Humanity, and the Book and Plow Farm in the greater Amherst community. She also participated in the Vela Scholars program during her first year in the Pioneer Valley, going to a local middle school and helping students with homework. She also served as a three-year teaching assistant for first-year physics students.

Ali Doswell
Morgan Fletcher, Hamilton College

Two-sport athlete Morgan Fletcher (Wayland, Mass.) graduated from Hamilton with an economics degree last month. She received the 2017 Jack B. Riffle Award, which is presented annually to the top male and female athlete in Hamilton's senior class. She was a two-time member of the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team and earned NESCAC Spring All-Academic honors three times. Fletcher, a six-time Dean’s List student, earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Roll as a junior. She was also a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society.

Fletcher is the first three-time All-American for Hamilton women’s lacrosse. She scored 131 career points in 66 games over the past four years. She led Hamilton to three postseason appearances, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament. This season, she led the Continentals to an 8-2 record, tying for first in the NESCAC standings, both program bests in the program’s six years in the conference. She was a three-time selection to the All-NESCAC and the IWLCA Berkshire All-Region teams, picking up first-team recognition in both this spring. In July, Fletcher will participate in the Division III World Cup Festival in England. In women’s soccer, Fletcher helped lead the team to two NESCAC postseason appearances. A three-year starter on Hamilton's back line, she finished her career with 11 points (five goals, one assist) in 48 games.

Fletcher served as a member of the Sidekicks program in Clinton, N.Y., mentoring two young girls in the community for two years. She was a presenter for the Tuck Bridge Summer Program at Hamilton, served as a teaching assistant for two economics classes, and was a member of the finance club. Fletcher also volunteered for the annual Hamilton Against Hunger and MLK Days.

Morgan Fletcher
Amanda Gottschalk, Tufts University

Amanda Gottschalk, a swimmer, graduated summa cum laude from Tufts, with a double major in quantitative economics and psychology.

The Lake Forest, Illinois native, is an eight-time Dean's List honoree, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team selection and earned NESCAC All-Academic Team honors three times in her career. Gottschalk was also a four-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American, earning honorable mention honors three of the four years. In 2017, she was awarded the Marion Ricker Houston Prize Scholarship in Economics, which is given to the junior or senior economics major who has been a responsible citizen of the Tufts community and made substantial progress in mastery of their chosen field, and the Alex Elias Memorial Prize Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors and seniors who display high standards in community activities, athletics and scholarly pursuits. She also received a 2017 Tufts Alumni Association Senior Award, recognizing academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities and leadership.

Gottschalk was a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 200-yard breaststroke, placing 13th at this year’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and 12th at last year’s national championships. A team tri-captain, she recorded three top-seven finishes at 2017 NESCAC Championships. She owns Jumbo program records in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley.

Gottschalk did extensive work in the community during her career at Tufts and was inducted into Honos Civicus, a membership society award given to graduating seniors, as a result of her efforts. She was also honored with the Adrian Misic Prize, which is awarded by the Tufts Athletic Department to a student who displays excellence athletically and academically and is active in work that helps improve the human condition. Gottschalk was president of the Leonard Carmichael Society, which is the largest student organization at Tufts with over 1,000 volunteers and serves as the umbrella organization for community service at Tufts. She also served as the Co-Director of Tufts Tutoring and was a member of Special Friends, a volunteer program where Tufts students volunteer at a daycare on a weekly basis.

Amanda Gottschalk
Katherine Hobbs, Middlebury College

Katherine Hobbs (Menlo Park, Calif.) graduated from Middlebury College summa cum laude with a degree in history. Hobbs was a seven-time College Scholar honoree, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, and named a CoSIDA District I First-Team Academic All-District last fall. She earned the highest honors from the Middlebury History Department, and was awarded the Mildred Virginia Osher History Prize. The annual award is presented to the student who writes the best thesis in history or, at the discretion of the department chair, to the senior student who has displayed the greatest proficiency in the study of history during the four undergraduate years.

Hobbs, a member of the Middlebury women’s soccer team, earned Second Team All-America accolades from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was both an All-NESCAC and All-Region First Team selection at midfield as a senior. She helped lead the Panthers to a 15-5 mark and a trip to the NCAA Sectional round. A two-time captain, Hobbs played in 64 career contests with 53 starts in over the three seasons, scoring 11 goals along with five assists for 27 points. She was also a member of the 2013 NESCAC Championship squad that went on to finish as NCAA Division III Runners-Up.

During her four years at Middlebury, Hobbs spent time as an after-school coach with the Stanford GOALS program, served as a peer writing tutor, was a Sister-to-Sister mentor, interned for a childhood obesity prevention study and took an Alternative Spring Break trip to a rural elementary school in South Carolina. She also organized and facilitated a JusTalks student group committed to fostering conversations about race, privilege, and identity. Hobbs has also served on the Middlebury SAAC and Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Katherine Hobbs
Maddie Pronovost, Middlebury College

Middlebury College’s Maddie Pronovost graduated cum laude with a degree in neuroscience last month. A member of the women’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams and a native of Brookline, Mass., Pronovost was a two-time Dean’s List student and garnered College Scholar honors twice during her career. She also earned NESCAC All-Academic honors over six seasons.

Competing in multiple events in the pentathlon and heptathlon, Pronovost achieved All-American status at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with a third-place finish in the pentathlon. She also earned All-NESCAC honors in the 100-meter hurdles this spring. Pronovost was an All-New England selection four times in the heptathlon, three times in the pentathlon and once in the 60-meter hurdles during her career. She was the recipient of the Middlebury’s A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Award that honors the senior who is most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit of A. Bayard Russ ’66.

In the community, Pronovost volunteered at the Champlain Valley Head Start program, assisting children age 3-5 develop proficiency in language and mathematics. She was also a Middview Orientation Leader, mentoring incoming first-year students. Pronovost also spent time working for on a Habitat for Humanity project in Pungoteague, Virginia and worked with Middlebury biology professor Dr. Mark Spritzer as a research assistant in the Spritzer Lab where she assisted in surgeries and post-operative care.

MAddie Pronovost
Katherine Traquina, Bates College

Katherine Traquina (Wayland, Mass.) graduated from Bates College last month, earning degrees in environmental science and women and gender studies. A five-time Dean’s List honoree, she wrote two A+ Senior Theses and was a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. She also garnered academic accolades as a two-time National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC) All-Academic Team honoree and was named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete twice. She was named to the Bates Academic Honor Roll three times and was honored with the 2017 Senior Scholar Award from the Bates Athletic Department.

Traquina served as the coxswain for Bates’ first varsity eight boat for three years which included two NCAA Team Championships and a pair of NESCAC Championships. The Bobcats won the first NCAA team title in Bates College history in 2015 and captured the crown again this season. Traquina was also a three-time All-NESCAC performer.

Active in the community, Tranquina served as a team leader for the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Lewiston, Maine. She co-founded Bates Buddies, a student-led organization partnering with The Social Learning Center in Lewiston. She also worked as a tutor and counselor with the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services organization and was a student teacher at the Greiger and Farwell Elementary schools. Traquina also served as a Bates Rowing Community Liaison during her time in Lewiston.

Katherine Traquina
Valerie Urban, Connecticut College

Valerie Urban graduated summa cum laude from Connecticut College with a degree in biology. A swimmer, the Lancaster, Pa. native was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District II At-Large First Team this spring. She was one of 14 Connecticut College seniors recognized as a Winthrop Scholar. The highest academic honor bestowed by the College, the Winthrop Scholar accolade is reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and are the first members of their class selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic Team selection, Urban was awarded the 2016 Sibyl A. Hausman Prize for excellence in biology offered by the biology department as a junior. She earned Dean’s High Honors recognition every semester and was a two-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American.

A co-captain for the Camels, Urban capped off her career by placing eighth in 1650-yard freestyle to garner All-America accolades at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. She also received honorable mention All-America plaudits with a 14th place showing in the 500-yard freestyle and as the anchor leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay which finished 15th. As a result of her efforts, Urban helped Connecticut College post its best result at the NCAA Championships with a 10th-place showing, which marked the third best performance at an NCAA Championship for any Connecticut College athletic team. She also led the Camels to a program-best, third-place finish at the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. She played a major role in the team's 15th-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, earning All-America honors by swimming the anchor leg for the 800-yard freestyle relay team that finished eighth while also adding two other honorable mention All-America swims in the 200-yard butterfly and the 1650-yard freestyle.

Outside of the classroom and the pool, Urban has worked as a volunteer at the Backus Hospital and the Schreiber Pediatrics Summer Camp. She has been a member of the Pre-Health Club and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Additionally, she has spent time making blankets for Cure4Cam, a non-profit organization for children with cancer.

Valerie Urban
Mardi Haskell, Colby College

 Mardi Haskell (Holderness, N.H.), a member of the Colby College women’s alpine ski team, graduated with a degree in biology. She was a three-time NESCAC All-Academic Team selection and was a Champlin Scholar, an honor given to biology majors who have achieved academic excellence.

Haskell was a four-time All-American for Colby at the NCAA Division I Championships. She was an All-East First Team selection all four years and was the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Rookie of the Year. Haskell had two All-American honors in the slalom and two in the giant slalom. She finished fourth in the slalom as both a sophomore and junior and closed out her career finishing 10th in giant slalom at the 2017 NCAA Championships. In her final season, she placed in the top-10 in every slalom race and all but one giant slalom race on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) circuit. Overall, Haskell finished in the top seven in 33 of 48 races in her career.

At Colby's Senior Awards Ceremony in May, Haskell earned The Millett Award as the top senior female athlete. At the U.S. Alpine Championships in late March 2017, Haskell finished eighth in the slalom and 13th in the giant slalom.

While at Colby, Haskell was a captain for the ski team, served as an orientation leader, and was a lab research assistant. She also volunteered for the Colby Relay for Life for three years and worked as an monitor in the athletic center.

Mardi Haskell
Hannah Miller, Bowdoin College
A native of Elmore, Vermont, Hannah Miller graduated from Bowdoin College with a double major in earth and oceanographic sciences and environmental studies. A member of the Nordic ski team, Miller was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in 2017. She earned a Fulbright Student Research Fellow to study in Switzerland this fall. A three-time Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar student, she was awarded the Grua/O’Connell Research Fellow and the Freedman Summer Research Fellow in Coastal/Environmental Studies in 2016. She also received an American Geophysical Union general student travel research grant last year. Her senior thesis focused on investigating ocean acidification in Maine’s coastal ecosystems.

Miller was a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier for the Polar Bears and finished in the top-10 in every Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship race in her career. She garnered All-America honors from the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) this past winter, while also earning a spot on the All-Maine State Teams all four years.

In the community, Miller co-founded and served as president of the Bowdoin Earth Science Club, an organization that coordinates outreach activities with local schools. She served as a student leader of the Bowdoin Outing Club and was a mentor for the Bowdoin Science Experience program. Outside of the Bowdoin community, Miller spent two summers working with the Maine Upward Bound Program introducing participants to earth science concepts. She also served as a volunteer at the Maine Food Bank and spent time working with students from Iraq, Pakistan, India, Turkey and the United States on peace building and conflict transformation workshops at the School of International Training.

Hannah Miller