Texas A&M’s Claire Brandt Nominated for 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year

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.

Clarion University diver Kristin Day was the 2015 recipient of the honor. The award have been won by swimming & diving athletes 11 times since it began in 1991, more than any other sport.

Past winners of the award:

2015
Kristin Day
Swimming and Diving
Clarion University
2014
Elizabeth Tucker
Soccer
University of Notre Dame
2013
Ifeatu Okafor
Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Texas Tech University
2012
Elizabeth Phillips
Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Washington University in St. Louis
2011
Laura Barito
Swimming and Diving, Outdoor Track and Field
Stevens Institute of Technology
2010
Justine Schluntz
Swimming and Diving
University of Arizona
2009
Lacey Nymeyer
Swimming and Diving
University of Arizona
2008
Nkolika Anosike
Basketball
University of Tennessee
2007
Whitney Myers
Swimming and Diving
University of Arizona
2006
Anne Bersagel
Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Wake Forest University
2005
Lauryn McCalley
Swimming and Diving
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2004
Kelly Albin
Lacrosse
University of California, Davis
2003
Ashley Jo Rowatt
Swimming and Diving
Kenyon College
2002
Tanisha Silas
Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
University of California, Davis
2001
Kimberly A. Black
Swimming and Diving
University of Georgia
2000
Kristy Kowal
Swimming and Diving
University of Georgia
1999
Jamila Demby
Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
University of California, Davis
1998
Peggy Boutilier
Lacrosse and Field Hockey
University of Virginia
1997
Lisa Ann Coole
Swimming and Diving
University of Georgia
1996
Billie Winsett Fletcher
Volleyball
University of Nebraska
1995
Rebecca Lobo
Basketball
University of Connecticut
1994
Tanya Hughes
Indoor and OutdoorTrack and Field
University of Arizona
1993
Nnenna Lynch
Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Villanova University
1992
Catherine Byrne
Swimming and Diving
University of Tennessee
1991
Mary Beth Riley
Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Canisius College

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