East Central University women's tennis player Agostina Moran has been named the Great American Conference's international representative for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year honor. Moran went from one of 446 nominees across all NCAA Divisions to one of 120. Moran is the international representative for the GAC and Kristen Celsor from Harding has also been selected as a representative for the GAC.
"Agostina represents the best of what college athletics is about," said GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt. "She's a great representative for the GAC in this awards process and I wish her good luck going forward in the Woman of the Year selection, as well as during her graduate studies at the University of Florida."
The conference honorees represent student-athletes from 15 different sports. By division, 52 honorees competed in Division I conferences, 25 competed in Division II, and 49 competed in Division III.
Complete list of 120 Conference Representatives
Next, the Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized. These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2014 Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The Cordoba, Argentina, native excelled in all areas while at ECU, including helping the Lady Tigers claim the first tennis titles in school history when they won the 2012-13 Great American Conference Regular-Season and Tournament titles.
"Agostina has shown leadership characteristics towards her teammates, especially when comes to their success both on the field and in the classroom," said head tennis coach Justin Graham. "She has the unique ability to get along with everyone whether it is the administration, faculty/staff, coaches on staff, the university community or the outside community."
Despite her many extracurricular activities, Moran graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a 3.82 GPA. The ECU nominee for 2014 GAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will now continue her education at the University of Florida where she has earned a scholarship that will cover her master's degree and a doctorate in Biobehavioral Science, with a concentration in Neuromuscular Physiology. The scholarship is for five years and is a Graduate School Fellowship from the College of Health and Human Performance and includes a Research Assistantship position.
Now in its 24th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes for their achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.