W&L's Brooke Donnelly '17 Named an NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Honoree

W&L's Brooke Donnelly '17 Named an NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Honoree

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Brooke Donnelly '17 (Kennesaw, Ga./Marietta) has been selected as a Top 30 honoree for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Donnelly is one of 550 female college athletes nationwide that were nominated for the prestigious award.  From the Top 30, three finalists will be named from each NCAA division and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.

The NCAA will celebrate with all the Top 30 honorees and announce the 2017 Woman of the Year at an awards dinner held on Sunday, October 22, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis.

Donnelly earned her selection after a stellar career as a member of the Washington and Lee women's tennis team.  She was a three-time All-American in singles after qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championship three times in singles and twice in doubles.  She was named the ITA Atlantic South Region Player of the Year as a senior, finishing her career as a four-year All-ODAC honoree and the 2017 ODAC Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A two-time recipient of the Elite 90 Award for having the top GPA of any player at the NCAA National Championship site, Donnelly is also a two-time CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America honoree and the 2017 winner of the Marjorie Berkley Award as the top female scholar-athlete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  She also received W&L's William McHenry Female Scholar-Athlete Award last May.

Donnelly earned a bachelor of science in accounting and business administration and was a W&L valedictorian.  She finished her tennis career ranked seventh all-time at W&L with 87 singles wins (87-18) and eighth in career doubles victories (88-21).

The NCAA Woman of the Year is a national award honoring academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. It is one of the highest awards given by the NCAA. The Woman of the Year award is unique in its recognition of female student-athletes who are not just successful on the field and in the classroom, but have also contributed to their communities and campuses. 

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