Stacey Hagensen, who led Pacific Lutheran University to the 2012 NCAA Division III national softball championship, is one of 30 women selected from a group of nearly 430 nominees who will be honored at the NCAA Woman of the Year award ceremony on Sunday.
She qualified for the NCAA Woman of the Year honor by receiving recognition as the 2012 Northwest Conference Woman of the Year.
The top 30 women are composed of 10 honorees from each NCAA division and span various NCAA sports, and in September three finalists were chosen from each division to form nine finalists for the award. Though Hagensen was not a Division III finalist, but she will nonetheless be honored on Sunday, Oct. 14, when the 2012 Woman of Year is announced in Indianapolis.
The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. According to the NCAA:
- Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.87 grade-point average and more than 90 Academic All-America honors.
- The top 30 earned nearly 20 national championships (individual and team) and nearly 110 All-America honors.
- The top 30 volunteered for more than 375 organizations during their college careers.
- Many served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations.
Hagensen, a native of Bellevue, Wash., graduated in May with a 3.91 grade point average while majoring in both mathematics and economics. She twice earned Most Outstanding Player recognition after pitching every inning at the regional and national tournaments in PLU's run to the 2012 championship. A second team All-American on the field and also a First Team Academic All-American, she received the Honda Sports Award signifying her as the top Division III female athlete during the 2011-12 academic year.
"I am very excited for Stacey to be recognized as a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year," said Jennifer Thomas, PLU assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. "She is the only PLU student-athlete ever to be recognized as a finalist for this award and in my opinion, she could not be more deserving. She is an excellent example of who we hope our student-athletes will be based upon her accomplishments and leadership on the field, within the classroom and the PLU community. This is a great honor not only for Stacey, but for PLU and the Northwest Conference."
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