Texas A&M All-American swimmer Claire Brandt has been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Brandt recently graduated from A&M with a 3.81 GPA with a degree in chemistry and a minor in Spanish, which adds to her three-time inclusion among the ranks of the SEC Honor Roll and the CSCAA Scholar All-America team.
Brandt came to Texas A&M in 2012 as a four-time Texas private school (TAPPS) Champion in the 50 free and three-time Champion in the 100 fly. She was primarily a sprint freestyler, and though she showed some backstroke potential, she took a huge turn into the stroke when she got to college. She ends her career ranked 8th all-time in the 100 back (53.18) and 4th all-time in the 200 back (1:53.22) and is qualified to swim both races, plus the 50 free, at next week’s Olympic Trials.
Brandt ended her collegiate career at Texas A&M as part of the Aggies’ 13th-place 200 free relay at March’s NCAA Championships in addition to 3 individual swims.
Each NCAA member is able to nominate one female student-athlete who has completed their eligibility to the conference level, and then each conference office reviews and submits its nominee to the NCAA. The NCAA then narrows the field to a Top 30 (10 from each of the NCAAs three divisions), and then to a top 9 (3 from each of the NCAAs three divisions). A winner is announced at the NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner each fall.
The award is given based on criteria of academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
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