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INDIANAPOLIS -- Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) of the Ohio swimming & diving team has been named Ohio's nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Van Lanen is one of a record 585 female college athletes across the three NCAA divisions who have been nominated for the award.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 nominees from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.
Van Lanen, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish from Ohio, holds the second-fastest 50-yard freestyle, second-fastest 100-yard freestyle and third-fastest 100-yard butterfly times in the history of school's swimming & diving program. She was also part of the eighth-fastest 200-yard freestyle relay, third-fastest 400-yard freestyle relay, and ninth-fastest 200-yard medley relay teams in program history, giving her the distinction of ranking in the top-10 in every event she competed in as a member of the Bobcats. Van Lanen earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors three times and Second Team recognition once during her collegiate career. She qualified for the NCAA B standards in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly for four consecutive years and in the 100-yard freestyle for three consecutive years. Van Lanen also qualified for the U.S.A. Swimming Olympic Trials in 2016.
In the classroom, Van Lanen achieved the honor of being named Academic All-MAC for three consecutive years and was recognized by the conference three times as a Distinguished Scholar Athlete. The MAC also recognized Van Lanen by naming her to the conference Honor Roll, and she received the conference's Commissioner's Award and President's Award. She was named a College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American four times. This award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Van Lanen was named to the Dean's list for all four years of college.
Van Lanen participated in several events that aimed at giving back to the community. She was an annual participate in the Relay For Life fundraiser that occurs every spring on the Ohio University campus and was a Relay For Life team captain for two years for the swimming and diving team. Van Lanen was an avid volunteer for Rufus Reads, a student-athlete program that reads books to elementary students throughout the Athens community, as well as serving as a volunteer for the Race for a Cure triathlon and the North East Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Food Pantry in Green Bay.
Now that the 585 nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award have been named, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.