ERIKA PROKO NAMED NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR FINALIST
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- On Friday afternoon, the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced the 10 finalists for
the 13th annual NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The list of 10 includes
Erika Proko, a 2003 Washington and Lee graduate and former member of the
University's women's tennis team.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors outstanding female
student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community
leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility.
Proko, who has already been tabbed the NCAA Woman of the
Year for Virginia, is among three honorees from Division III schools.
The list also includes five Division I athletes and two Division two athletes.
The finalists were selected by a committee comprised of
athletics administrators from NCAA member colleges and universities from
more than 340 entries. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select
the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year from among the 10 finalists. The national
winner will be announced at an awards dinner November 1, at the Indianapolis
Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis, Ind.
Proko graduated from W&L with a 3.685 cumulative grade-point
average while majoring in neuroscience. This spring, she was awarded one
of 58 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for use while attending medical school
at the University of North Carolina.
A six-time All-American and the 2003 ODAC Player of the
Year, Proko helped lead the Generals' women's tennis team to a school-record
24 wins and runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament this spring. An All-American
in both singles and doubles in 2003, Proko graduated from W&L with
a 92-20 mark in singles and 104-27 in doubles. The program's all-time
leader in doubles wins, she teamed with Lindsay Hagerman to post a single-season
school-record 30 wins and form the nation's top-ranked doubles duo. She
reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Proko is a three-time Verizon Academic All-District selection
who earned First Team Academic All-State honors from the Virginia Sports
Information Directors Association this spring. She has been involved with
the ODAC and NCAA as a member of both organizations' Student-Athlete Advisory
The 10 finalists for the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year Award
are listed below:
Elia Burrill, Fencing, United States Air Force Academy
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