HADLEY, Mass. – Colleen Doolan (Northbrook, Ill.) and Victoria Yu (New Braunfels, Texas), 2019 graduates of Tufts and Wesleyan, respectively, have been nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the NESCAC.
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 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 20 in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found here.
Colleen Doolan – Tufts
Doolan graduated from Tufts with a 3.93 GPA as a double major in biology and community health. She was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and earned a spot on the 2019 CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team.
Through her time as a member of the Tufts women’s swimming and diving team, she learned the value of teamwork to help fulfill goals and learned the values of service from a pair of trips to developing nations to provide medical services. She hopes to use that knowledge to have an impactful career in medicine. She is currently working in clinical research at Boston Children's Hospital and will enter the Tufts University School of Medicine in the fall.
Doolan worked as a non-medical volunteer with the Little by Little Medical Team organization in Gramothe, Haiti. She supported the clinical team as a medical scribe in the woman's health clinic, collecting and organizing data about the patient population to be reported to the Haiti Ministry of Health. During the summer of 2016, she went on a Projects Abroad Medical Internship in Cape Coast, Ghana. She triaged incoming patients and provided care based on physician instructions, provided wound care in the community leprosy camp, schools, and hospitals, while also performing health screenings, teaching CPR, and offering health education in the community.
In addition to her two trips to developing countries, Doolan worked as a clinical research assistant and intern at Boston Children’s Hospital and was a Pre-Medical Society Mentor at Tufts. She also served as a member of Tufts' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), participating on SAAC's Jumbo Experience Committee, and was the Event Chair for Tufts’ annual Relay for Life fundraiser.
A four-year member of the women's swimming & diving team, she was a three-time NCAA qualifier and three-time honorable mention All-American. She was part of Tufts' 800-meter freestyle relay that placed ninth at the 2019 NCAA Championships with a time of 7:31.14, marking the best relay finish in the program's recent history. Doolan was also a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay that posted a school-record time of 3:28.22 and finished 16th to help the Jumbos finish 16th in the team standings, Tufts' best finish since 1990.
In her rookie season at the 2016 NCAA Championships, Doolan achieved honorable mention All-American accolades with a 12th-place performance in the final of the 200 butterfly (2:04.11). She is also a three-time NESCAC All-Conference performer.
Victoria Yu - Wesleyan
A women’s tennis standout, Yu graduated from Wesleyan with a 3.98 GPA while majoring in chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry.
She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 2019 and recognized as a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American this season. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, she was presented with the 2019 Hawk Prize by Wesleyan. The honor recognizes students who have done effective work in biochemistry. Yu will continue her academic career in medical school in 2019.
She led the Cardinals to their first NCAA Division III National Championship this spring to go along with the NCAA Doubles title she won in 2017. Yu won the ITA Small College National Doubles titles as a rookie and was a four-time ITA New England Doubles Champion. She also won the ITA Division III Oracle Cup National title as a junior and finished her career winning 80 singles matches (80-26) and 115 doubles matches (115-23).
Yu, a seven-time All-American, was the ITA Senior Player of the Year in 2019 and earned Northeast Player of the Year honors as the No. 1 player in both singles and doubles for the Cardinals. She was an All-NESCAC First Team Singles player in 2019 after being a Second Team selection the previous three years. She was also earned first-team all-conference doubles honors in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2019, Yu helped the Cardinals claim their first NESCAC Championship.
She was honored with the Wesleyan Scholar-Athlete Award three times, garnered a spot on the Dean’s List each semester from 2015-2019, and was presented with the athletic department’s Maynard Award which is given to the senior scholar-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit, accomplishments, and humility of alum Roger Maynard ’37. She also received the 2019 Suki Hagland Award presented annually by the athletic department for outstanding contributions to women’s athletics at Wesleyan and was honored with the Jones Award which is given to a member of each women’s team at Wesleyan, acknowledging dedication to her sport.
Off the court, Yu is a volunteer at the New Braunfels Food Bank in her hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. She also served as a teaching assistant in chemistry and was a research assistant in organic chemistry at Wesleyan. Yu also spent two years as a peer tutor for students taking the Intro to Biology course at the institution.