The University of Kentucky alumna swimmer that has made headlines all year does it again, as Asia Seidt has been named to the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 list. The distinguished group of female student-athletes is made up of 10 honorees from each of the three NCAA divisions. The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each division, in mid-October.
The NCAA Woman of the Year process began in July, when the selection committee received 605 school nominees across all three divisions. From there, 161 of those nominees moved on in the process as conference-level nominees, including 59 nominees from Division I. Then, the selection committee narrowed their pool to a Top 30, giving the nod to 10 female student-athletes from each division.
Seidt graduated in May, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with summa cum laude honors, and she is currently attending UK’s Physical Therapy Graduate Program.
Of all swimmers and divers – male or female – who have ever come through the Kentucky swimming and diving program, the Louisville, Kentucky, native holds the most records. She has earned more All-America honors, NCAA Championship podium finishes, SEC Championship medals and All-SEC First Team selections than any UK swimmer or diver, man or woman, that has come before her.
In her (nearly four) years at Kentucky, she has earned 21 All-America honors, 15 SEC Championship medals, eight NCAA Championship podium finishes, four conference titles, one USA Swimming Summer Nationals gold medal and one World University Games silver medal.
Seidt holds five individual school records, was twice named to the USA Swimming National Team, twice qualified for Team USA Olympic Trials, was three times named to the All-SEC First Team, is the 2019 ELITE 90 recipient, 2019 Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year recipient and the 2020 H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program is rooted in Title IX and has recognized graduating female college athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
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