Lyndonville, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon senior student-athlete Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, NH) has been nominated for both the National Collegiate Athletic Association and North Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year awards. Both awards encompass all facets of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete experience.
Salvadore, an exercise science and mathematics double major, graduated from NVU in May. She was twice named the NAC Women's Track & Field Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. She graduated with a 3.99 grade point average and was named to the President's List at Lyndon in multiple semesters. She was selected to the NAC All-Academic Team the past four years and received the Lyndon Green & Gold Award, recognizing the female student athlete with the highest grade point average, for the past three years.
Salvadore was the recipient of the NVU-Lyndon Alumni Council Award for the Outstanding Senior in the graduating class. She also received the Lyndon Exercise Science Department Academic Excellence Award, the Lyndon Exercise Science Department Outstanding Senior Award, the NVU-Lyndon Arthur B. Elliott Award, and the Lyndon Mathematics Department Outstanding Senior Award. She has been published in Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry.
Salvadore was very active on campus. She was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the SAAC representative to the Student Government Association. She was also a member of the Sports Medicine Club, a student coach in the Exercise Science Department's strength and conditioning program, and a volunteer with Special Olympics.
Salvadore was a three-year member of Lyndon's track & field team and also played basketball for two seasons. This past season she was selected to the All-Conference 1st Team in javelin. She was the NAC and overall meet champion at the Inter-Conference Championships. Her mark of 36.24 meters was over five meters better than her next closest competitor. She is the school record holder in javelin, shot put, and discus. She finished fifth in javelin at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships.
A record 585 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Among them are seven outstanding female student athletes that have been nominated for the NAC Woman of the Year award.
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 NAC Woman of the Year award is modeled after the NCAA's Woman of the Year program. The winner will be announced on July 18th, and honored on her campus during the 2019-2020 academic year.
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 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. The NAC Woman of the Year will be among those considered for NCAA Woman of the Year. 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 from 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 October 20th in Indianapolis.