Anna Mickelson Named NCAA's Woman of the Year

Sept. 4, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - All-American Husky rower Anna Mickelson was honored Wednesday by the NCAA as its Woman of the Year for the state of Washington. Over 340 student-athletes were nominated nationally, with winners from each state selected by a committee comprised of representatives from member schools.

The prestigious award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility.

A graduate of Bellevue�fs Newport High School, Mickelson capped a spectacular collegiate career with a gold medal in the 2002 NCAA varsity eight championship race, and also rowed in the winning varsity eight boat at the 2001 NCAA championships.

As a freshman, Mickelson was a member of the varsity four that won the 1999 NCAA championship, and was on the silver-medal winning crew in the 2000 NCAA varsity eight race. Mickelson has also excelled internationally, and was selected in August to represent the United States for the second-straight year at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships.

Mickelson graduated from Washington in 2002 with a bachelor�fs degree in communications, completing her coursework with a 3.63 grade-point average. Her hard work in the classroom earned Mickelson first-team Academic All-Pac-10 honors in 2001, as well as a national scholar-athlete designation by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches�f Association.

Recently, Mickelson was named one of 21 finalists for the Women�fs Sports Foundation�fs 2002 Sportswoman of the Year award, alongside such nominees as Olympic gold-medal winning figure skater Sarah Hughes, tennis star Serena Williams and the Seattle Storm�fs Sue Bird.

It is the second-straight year that a Husky has claimed the NCAA�fs Woman of the Year honor. Former All-American distance runner Anna Aoki was the state of Washington�fs winner in 2001.

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