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Agnes Lo and Laura Darcey Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Agnes Lo and Laura Darcey
Agnes Lo and Laura Darcey

NCAA WOTY Nominees

CHICAGO – University of Chicago's Agnes Lo and Laura Darcey were both selected as nominees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award on Tuesday.

Now in its 30th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year program recognizes graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. A record 605 women were nominated this year from across NCAA Division I, II and III.

Women's diver Agnes Lo submitted the most accomplished diving career in school history. She accumulated six All-American awards between the one-meter and three-meter diving boards. Within the University Athletic Association (UAA), Lo was a six-time conference champion and three-time UAA Diver of the Year. She departs UChicago with three school records as well. In 2019, she was the national runner-up in the three-meter dive and placed third in the one-meter dive, while also capturing NCAA regional titles on both boards.

As a star member of the women's track & field team, Laura Darcey capped her collegiate career by being named the 2020 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women's Field Athlete of the Year. Darcey's historic indoor track & field season saw her submit the fourth-best indoor pentathlon mark in NCAA Division III history (3,794 points). As the nation's leader in the pentathlon, she also ranked highly in NCAA Division III in the indoor high jump (third) and the indoor long jump (seventh). Darcey owns four school records, collected six All-American awards at the NCAA Championships and eight UAA conference titles.

The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees – 10 from each division. From the Top 30, the selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.