Geer, Scandalis named finalists for NCAA Woman of the Year award
SAN FRANCISCO - The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee has named the top nine candidates for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The committee selected three women representing each of the three NCAA divisions and eight different sports. Among the top nine candidates are two former Pac-12 standouts: ARIZONA's Margo Geer and USC's Zoë Scandalis.
The top nine candidates’ college careers are highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership. The 2015 Woman of the Year, selected by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, will be announced Oct. 18 at a ceremony in Indianapolis. The nine finalists are among the 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be recognized during the event. This group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division. Schools nominated a record 480 college athletes for the 2015 award.
Geer (Milford Center, Ohio), a three-time captain of the Arizona swim team, was an accomplished student-athlete in the pool, in the classroom, and in the community. A business management major with a 3.66 grade point average, Geer was named the 2015 Pac-12 Woman of the Year. She graduated cum laude, recorded a 4.0 in her final two semesters, was a two-time Academic All-Pac-12 selection, was named CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2013 and 2014, and was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2014. Geer was the winner in a business communications case competition and has actively participated in business-related research experiments at the Eller College of Management. She was also recognized as a University of Arizona Golden Eagle awardee in 2014, and was named an Academic Champion all four years in college.
Geer served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and attended the Pac-12 Leadership Conference which brought all 12 institutions together to discuss issues of student-athlete welfare. She has spent countless hours in the community, spending time at the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, Lend a Hand for Senior Citizens, The Havens Women’s Shelter, Special Olympics, and local youth groups.
A 27-time All-American, Geer was a member of the U.S. National Team from 2012-2015 traveling to compete at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in 2012. At the 2012 Olympic Trials, she placed 12th in the 100-meter freestyle semifinal and advanced to the finals of the 50-meter freestyle where she placed seventh. Geer owns the school record in the 100-yard freestyle and won three NCAA titles in her career - one in the 50-yard freestyle and two in the 100-yard freestyle. She also helped to set school records in the 400-meter free relay, the 800-meter free relay, and 400-meter medley relay. She won two Pac-12 individual freestyle titles in 2013—one at the 50-yard distance and another at 100-yards—and also helped the Wildcats win three relay crowns.
Scandalis (San Diego, Calif.) of USC was a four-year letterwinner in tennis and had a 3.86 GPA in political economy. Off the court and outside the classroom, Scandalis has been extremely active in community service and campus activities. The two-year team captain served on the Provost’s Oversight Committee of Athletic Academic Affairs as a student-athlete representative, was a member of Trojan Athletic Senate all four years, represented USC at the 2012 NCAA leadership forum, and was also involved with the Community Bowl, the Rose Cup, and Athletes in Action. Some of Scandalis' most rewarding work was done as a mentor to 7th and 8th grade girls at the 32nd Street School. That passion for outreach prompted Scandalis to get involved with Girl Up -- the United Nations Campaign for Adolescent Girls.
In 2015, Scandalis received two prestigious university awards: the Gimble Award, presented to the student-athlete deemed most cooperative, and the Willis O’Hunter Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average. She is also a three-time Pac-12 Conference All-Academic honoree, and in 2014 was named Trojan of the Year in recognition of her achievements on the court and in the classroom.
On the court, Scandalis was an ITA All-American and helped the Trojans win three Pac-12 titles. During her tenure at Troy, Scandalis helped her teams to two NCAA Semifinal appearances and was named the 2012 ITA National Player to Watch as a freshman. She landed a pair of first team All-Pac-12 selections and twice was picked to the second team. She also set the record for Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, collecting six awards during her career. Ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation in both singles and in doubles while at Troy, Scandalis finished her action at USC with a 108-48 career singles record and a 103-53 career doubles record.
About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 49 of the last 55 years, with 478 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to www.pac-12.com/conference.