Nymeyer up for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Aug. 26, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Arizona swimmer Lacey Nymeyer has been selected as a top 30 honoree for the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year award.


The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior women student-athletes who have excelled in the areas of academic achievement, athletics, service and leadership.


A committee composed of representatives from NCAA member schools and conferences selected the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division – from a pool of 132 conference nominees, which included seven student-athletes from independent institutions, representing all three NCAA divisions and multiple sports.


The top 30 will be trimmed to nine finalists – three from each division – next month and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the national winner from that pool of finalists. The recipient of the 19th annual award will be announced during the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner on October 18 in Indianapolis.


In 2007, Nymeyer’s former teammate and fellow Arizona swimmer, Whitney Myers was honored as the 17th NCAA Woman of the Year. UA high jumper Tanya Hughes was the Wildcats’ first athlete to garner the Woman of the Year award in 1994.


Nymeyer, a four-time University of Arizona scholar-athlete, has excelled in the classroom. Boasting a 3.89 GPA, the physical education major was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team and Region VIII All-Academic team in 2007-08. Following her senior campaign Nymeyer was selected as the Pac-10’s Toyo Tires Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's swimming. She was also the University of Arizona's female recipient of the Pac-10 Conference Medal in 2008. The Phoenix Women's Sports Association recognized Nymeyer as its Athlete/Scholar award winner.


A 2009 graduate, the Tucson, Ariz. native led Arizona to the 2008 NCAA Championship, the school’s first ever swimming and diving NCAA division one title. 


On the international stage, Nymeyer has established herself as one of America's finest relay swimmers.  She swam on Team USA at the Beijing Olympics, advancing to the semifinals in the 100m freestyle and earning a silver medal in the 400m freestyle relay. Her athletic resume also includes American records in the 400y medley relay, 400y freestyle relay, 200y freestyle relay, and 800y freestyle relay. Most recently, Nymeyer competed at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy.


In addition to her athletic and academic accolades, Nymeyer has been an active leader in the Tucson community. As part of team service projects she collected and distributed household goods to the Haven House for Women and the Casa De Los Ninos home for children. She also spends numerous hours volunteering her time as a reader at local elementary schools, a young adult teacher at her church, and a swim clinic and lesson instructor to local youth.  


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