Arizona's Barrett named Pac-12 Woman of the Year

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The University of Arizona's Olympic silver medalist high jumper Brigetta Barrett (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) has been named the Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Barrett becomes the Conference's candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year, presented annually to graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

Barrett is a rising star in the sport of track and field, nationally and internationally. Barrett was a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the high jump, where she recorded the best mark ever by a collegian with a height of 2.03m/6-7. A three-time Pac-12 Champion in the event, she set the NCAA record in a collegiate meet at the Pac-12 Championships in May, jumping a height of 1.99m/6-6.25. Barrett has won three NCAA indoor high jump titles and two in the outdoor event. She will be going for a third national title in the outdoor this week at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. Additionally, Barrett has been named a Bowerman finalist last year and is on track to earn the same honor again this season. The honor is given annually to the most outstanding men's and women's collegian in the sport of track and field.

Barrett has also excelled in the classroom, graduating cum laude in May, earning a bachelor of arts degree in theater arts. In 2011, she was voted a Capital One Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and earned a spot on the UA's Dean's List in the fall of 2009. She has also been honorable mention Dean's List five times during her academic career.

Barrett has served in several leadership positions, including being selected the co-president of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was a team captain on the Wildcat track and field squad. She is also currently the co-president of the Committed to Christ student group on campus. Voted the UA's Homecoming Queen this year, she continues to participate in several community service efforts, including Mentor Kids USA, a program that encourages young girls to pursue education and self-respect; Susan G. Komen with specific focus on helping to promote and facilitate race-day coordina-tion; and Students on Stage, where she mentors fellow students and helps create an environment where they can express themselves and achieve common artistic goals.

Looking to eventually pursue a career in the performing arts, Barrett has been invited to sing the National Anthem at numerous sporting events, including the 2012 Pac-12 Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships, an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game and Arizona football games. She has also sung the National Anthem at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, the State of the City address, where she was invited by the mayor of Tucson, and at different high schools where she also has talked about the importance of academic success.

Barrett is the eighth student-athlete to be named Pac-12 Woman of the Year. Previous winners were: Hilary Bach, ASU (2012); Annie Chandler, ARIZ (2011); Justine Schluntz, ARIZ (2010); Lacey Nymeyer, ARIZ (2009); Arianna Lambie, STAN (2008); Whitney Myers, ARIZ (2007); Kate Richardson, UCLA (2006). Barrett is the fifth Wildcat to earn the honor. Four from the Conference have won the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year honor.

The top 30 honorees, 10 from each NCAA division, will be announced in early September. The NCAA Woman of the Year is announced in October.

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