Andrea Dutoit named Woman of the Year Finalist

Sept. 7, 2001

INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA champion pole vaulter Andrea Dutoit was named one of ten finalists today for the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The award recognizes young women in intercollegiate athletics for their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community service.

Dutoit, a May graduate of UA, won the school's top honor as outstanding female student-athlete and was named a winner of the Pacific-10 Conference Medal.

Dutoit graduated summa cum laude as the UA's School of Health Professions Outstanding Graduating Senior, majoring in molecular and cellular biology. She earned first-team GTE Academic All-America honors with her 4.0 grade point average.

Named 2000 Raytheon Sportswoman of the Year and a competitor in the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials, Dutoit, who was not recruited as an athlete, won the NCAA pole vault crown last spring. A native of Flagstaff, Ariz., she came to the UA as a Flinn Scholarship and Regents Scholarship winner with medical school as her objective.

A three-time All-American, Dutoit was active in volunteer work with the Make A Wish Foundation, Adopt a Highway, Tucson Women's Shelter and the Boys and Girls Club. She spoke to numerous grade school students in appearances as part of UA's speaker's board and also was a counselor for underpriveleged children.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be named in October in ceremonies in Indianapolis, Ind.

Other finalists include Kimberly Black of Georgia, Camille Cooper of Purdue, Kameelah Elarms of UC-Davis, Kristen English of Swarthmore College, Elizabeth Flynt of Tennessee-Knoxville, Sunny Gilbert of Missouri, Angie Oxley of Nebraska, Claire Cunahan Reyes of Longwood College and Toby Wilmet of Washington College.

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