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TACOMA, Wash. - Pacific Lutheran University women's rowing student-athlete Sydney Otey '17 was selected as the Northwest Conference's nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, given annually to a female senior student-athlete for her collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics, and academics.
"It's really cool to have that chance to represent PLU and rowing as a sport," said Otey. "I think that the award is a reflection of all the support and opportunities I have had at PLU. I'm really grateful for the chances I've had to be a rower and also to explore a lot of different academic pursuits and find things I'm really passionate about."
A Fulbright Scholar and an All-Northwest Conference selection as a member of the Lutes' varsity eight, Otey earned a laundry list of accolades during the 2017 rowing season. The Billings, Montana native was a three-time NWC Crew of the Week honoree in 2017, helping the varsity eight win the NWC title and the Lamberth Cup for the second consecutive season while helping the 1V finish eighth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey. While at the NCAA Championships, Otey was recognized as the Elite 90 winner for the second consecutive season, an award given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at the NCAA Championships. Otey additionally was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-American selection and was the recipient of the George Fisher Scholar-Athlete Award at the PLU Athletic Awards Banquet.
Otey graduated in June with a 4.0 grade point average as a Sociology and Hispanic Studies major. A member of the Dean's List and Phi Kappa Phi, Otey was a Schiller Scholarship in Sociology winner and volunteers her time as a middle school mentor, a Spanish and writing tutor, an ASPLU representative, and with Wild Hope Fellows.
145 total nominees from Division I, II and III conferences from across the country have been forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 nominees in each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top selections from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year announced at a dinner in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 22.
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