Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Stephanie Leimbach has
been named Kentucky’s Woman of the Year by the NCAA.
The NCAA Woman of the
Year recognizes outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled
in academics, athletics and community leadership. Chosen by a committee
of representatives from member institutions, 29 of the 2005 state
honorees are from Division I, while 16 represent Division II and
six are from Division III. They represent 15 sports.
The committee of institutional
representatives also will select 10 finalists from the 51 state
winners, based on grade point average, athletics achievement and
community service. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics
will chose the national winner from among the 10 finalists. Finalists
will be revealed in the Sept. 26 issue of The NCAA News.
The 2005 NCAA Woman
of the Year will be announced during the annual awards dinner Oct.
29 in Indianapolis.
four-year starter for the NKU softball team, led the Norse to a
record-breaking 55 consecutive victories in 2005. She also earned
NCAA Division II All-America honors after batting .399 and helping
NKU capture the Great Lakes Regional championship for the second
A native of
Hilliard, Ohio, and a graduate of Darby High School, Leimbach finished
her career as NKU’s all-time leader in hits (258) and runs
scored (151). A center fielder, she also stole a school-record 25
bases as a senior and also had a 1.000 fielding percentage.
member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Academic Team, Leimbach
was named a recipient of NKU’s Margery Rouse Athlete of Distinction
Award in April.
This year’s state
winners were chosen from a pool of 352 nominations, 76 more than
in 2004 and the most since 2000, when there also were 352 candidates
for the honor.