INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Manchester University soccer and track and field standout Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.) has been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Rowe, a December 2015 graduate, will have her nomination materials moved on to the national committee for the process of identifying the overall top 30 next month with the group's official announcement coming in September. She was one of three from HCAC schools originally put forward, joining Melissa Sanders of Franklin College and Eme Miller of Defiance College, to be a part of 169 Division III student-athletes out of 515 total nominations across all divisions.
The HCAC's inaugural Female Athlete of the Year in 2014, Rowe concluded a star-studded collegiate career in 2015-16. On the track, she wound up a combined three-time indoor and outdoor All-American in the high jump and claimed the HCAC's indoor and outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award four times as part of garnering six all-league awards between the two sports. Competing for the Black and Gold soccer program, Rowe was a second team all-conference selection in 2014 after leading MU in scoring. Amassing a combined six indoor and outdoor track and field school records, she also earned the athletic department's M Association Female Athlete of the Year honor in 2015.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in her primary sport.