Twelve-time All-American and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher has been selected as one of the top 30 nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Thrasher, a 2019 graduate of West Virginia University and alumna of West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA, was first announced as a school nominee for this prestigious honor back in June.
It's no big surprise that Thrasher is in the running for the award, because her collegiate career can be counted among the greatest of all time. During her four years with the WVU rifle team, she garnered many accolades, beginning with her first season in 2015-2016, which saw Thrasher become the first freshman to ever own both of the NCAA individual titles—air rifle and smallbore. She graduated this past May from WVU with a degree in biomedical engineering.
First awarded in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award recognizes women in collegiate athletics who have distinguished themselves not just on the playing field (or in Thrasher's case, the firing line), but also in areas such as academics, service and leadership during their time in college.
Thrasher is the first rifle athlete in NCAA history to advance to the top 30 for this award. The top 30 nominees are drawn 13 intercollegiate sports (10 each from the three NCAA divisions), from an original field of 585 student-athletes.
The winner of the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be announced Sunday, October 20 during the awards ceremony at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, where Thrasher and the rest of the nominees will be guests of honor.