East Central University women's tennis senior Agostina Moran may be done with her collegiate career at ECU, but that has not stopped her from gaining attention for her accomplishments as a member of the Lady Tiger tennis team. Moran was announced as one of the 446 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who has distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees
The Cordoba, Argentina, native excelled in all of those areas while at ECU, including helping the Lady Tigers claim the first tennis titles in school history when they won the 2012-13 Great American Conference Regular-Season and Tournament titles.
"Agostina has shown leadership characteristics towards her teammates, especially when comes to their success both on the field and in the classroom," said head tennis coach Justin Graham. "She has the unique ability to get along with everyone whether it is the administration, faculty/staff, coaches on staff, the university community or the outside community."
In addition to her role as team captain she was also a standout in several organizations across the ECU campus. Moran was the Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Kinesiology Club and a member of the National Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. She also committed her time to several community service projects, including Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity.
Despite all her extracurricular activities, Moran graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a 3.82 GPA. The ECU nominee for 2014 GAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will now continue her education at the University of Florida where she has earned a scholarship that will cover her master's degree and a doctorate in Biobehavioral Science, with a concentration in Neuromuscular Physiology. The scholarship is for five years and is a Graduate School Fellowship from the College of Health and Human Performance and includes a Research Assistantship position.
The NCAA encourages each member school to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Each conference then selects up to two women from the nominees to represent the conference. The Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division - from the conference nominees.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then vote from among the finalists to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 19.