BRISTOL, Tenn. – Elizabeth Swallow has concluded her women's golf career at King University, but she is still collected awards. The NCAA announced their conference nominees for Woman of the Year, and Swallow is one of 142 female student-athletes that was nominated.
A record 517 student-athletes were nominated, and that list is now down to 142 following the conference nominations. Swallow is one of the 37 nominated by their conference for NCAA Woman of the Year in Division II. School's first were allowed to nominate student-athletes to their respective conference, and that list was announced earlier this summer. Each conference then selected two nominees to nominate for the award. Along with Swallow, Conference Carolinas nominated Maurissa Lester of Limestone College.
The Berkshire, England native was nothing short of impressive while at King, earning All-Conference Carolinas all four years as well as Conference Carolinas Player of the Year in 2014. She became the first King women's golfer to qualify and play in an NCAA South Regional, also coming in 2014 after she won the individual Conference Carolinas championship. In 2014, Swallow was also selected King University's SAAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and in 2016 she was selected as King's Susie Toomey Female Athlete of the Year.
Off the golf course, Swallow was a two-time academic all-conference honoree and was named Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's golf in both 2015 and 2016. In 2014 and 2015 she was also selected CoSIDA Academic All-District in the at large division. Swallow graduated in April with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 3.86.
Swallow was also involved on campus outside of the class room as she was selected by King faculty and staff as one of two students to give a lecture at the King University Institute of Faith and Culture. She was also president of the King University Women in S.T.E.M. Club and a member of the King University President's Society.
The award is in its 26th year as the Woman of the Year Program was established in 1991. The Woman of the Year is selected on the four pillars of academics, athletics, service and leadership. For fans that want to stay involved with the Woman of the Year on social media, use the hashtag #NCAAWOTY.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, representing the top 10 women in each division. The selection committee will then choose and announce the nine finalists, with three from each division, at the end of September. Then, from the pool of nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will determine the 2016 Woman of the Year.