LANCASTER, Pa. — Former Washington College two-sport varsity student-athlete Jackie Creitz is one of two nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award put forward by the Centennial Conference. Creitz, who swam and rowed at the College for four years, graduated in May with Bachelor of Science degrees in Math and Computer Science.
Creitz and former Swarthmore cross country and track and field student-athlete Tess Wei were chosen to represent the Centennial Conference among nominees from the conference's 11 full member institutions. The NCAA Woman of the Year program "honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions," according to the program's web site. "To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2017."
Creitz was the female winner of Washington College's 2017 Senior Athlete of the Year, recognizing the school's top male and female graduating varsity student-athletes. In rowing, she was a 2016 All-America first team and 2016 All-Mid Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) selection, a three-time College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete, and a three-time Academic All-MARC selection. She helped lead her team to four consecutive MARC Championships and four consecutive appearances at the NCAA Division III Championships. In swimming, Creitz was a three-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. She was also named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District II Women's At-Large Team. She graduated with a 3.747 cumulative grade-point average this past May.
A total of 145 conference nominees have been put forward across all three divisions. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will now select the top 30 (10 from each division) and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics selects the winner from tthose final top nine. >All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2017 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the JW Marriott Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.