POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – 2013 Marist graduate Kate Conard (East Setauket, N.Y.) of the women’s swimming and diving team has been nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award as announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Conard, who ended her career at Marist as one of the Red Foxes’ most decorated swimmers ever, was a three-time MAAC Championship Swimmer of the Year. Conard holds Marist records in four relay events, and seven individual events, and won 11 of 12 individual events and 14 of 16 relays she competed in at the MAAC Championships. She holds MAAC Championship individual records in the 500-yd, 1,000-yd and 1,650-yd freestyles. A two-year captain for the Red Foxes, Conard was named the Marist Female Sportsperson of the Year at the senior awards banquet in April and was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Third Team earlier this month. A Psychology/Special Education major, Conard was a three-time MAAC All-Academic team selection and was twice named to the Academic All-District First Team. She worked with the Special Olympics and Girls Scouts, and was a Sunday School Teacher, during her career.

To be eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, nominees must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2012-13 competitive season and received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2013 term. Nominees must also have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

In all, 455 female student-athletes were nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of those nominees, 214 participated in Division I, 90 participated in Division II, and 151 participated in Division III athletics.

The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III and the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year will be honored at a dinner in Indianapolis October 20, 2013.

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