CASTLETON, Vt. – Following an impressive career in the classroom and on the court at Castleton, Meghan O'Sullivan has been selected as an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
O'Sullivan is one of 480 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees nationwide, the most in the history of the program, and one of 180 from Division III institutions. Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
During her four-years at Castleton, O'Sullivan was a dynamic presence on campus, both in the classroom and on the court. This spring alone she won four separate awards at the Student Life Awards. O'Sullivan was a co-recipient of both the Good Citizenship Award and the College Service Award. She also won the John Young Memorial Award and the Mary Ellen Evans Award, both related to athletic achievement.
In the classroom, the Health Science major finished her undergraduate education with a 3.74 GPA while also serving as a community advisor for three years. As a senior she was elevated to senior community advisor while taking on the role of captain for the women's basketball team. She also served as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
On the court O'Sullivan was a three-year all-conference performer and one of the greatest winners in Castleton athletics history. Her women's basketball team won three North Atlantic Conference Championships and one ECAC New England Championship while making three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Her teams finished with a career record of 101-16 with a ridiculous 77-6 mark against conference opponents. O'Sullivan also helped the team reach the Sweet 16 in 2013 and finished the year ranked 23rd in the nation. Individually, she joined a select group in surpassing career totals of 1000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks. O'Sullivan finished her career first all-time in games played (117) and seventh in scoring with 1,147 points.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Conferences then assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.
To view the NCAA release, click here.