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UW-Superior's Svenja Ruehl Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

UW-Superior's Svenja Ruehl Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Eyewitness Sports
Created: July 12, 2018 08:00 PM

Germany native and former UW-Superior athlete Svenja Ruehl has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year and is among the six UMAC women in the pool of more than 500 nominees in all three divisions.

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In Ruehl's final season as a Yellowjacket, she posted career high numbers in both indoor and outdoor track & field. She was the top 'Jacket in the 100-meter dash with 12.81 seconds, and was the best long and triple jumper, marking season-high distances, including 5.57 meters in the long and 11.65 meters in the triple.

Each year NCAA member institutions are encouraged to nominate graduating female athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Nominees represent all three NCAA divisions with 199 from Division III. A total of 20 sports were represented and a record 170 multi-sport athletes are among the nominees.

The UMAC will announce in the coming weeks the conference's selection for the honor who will move on to the next pool of nominees from conferences. From there, the Woman of the Year selection committee will choose the top 30 honorees which includes 10 women from each division. From the top 30, three from each division will be announced as finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics chooses the final winner which will be announced Oct. 28 at the annual award ceremony in Indianapolis.

Casey Hovland of the College of St. Scholastica is also a nominee.

Related:  CSS's Hovland Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

For more details on the award, click here.

(Contributions from Jon Garver, UW-Superior Sports Information Manager.)

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